From what I can see in the photo this looks to be a birth defect, so no I do not believe it will resolve to normal.
I don’t think it was like that before though if it wasn’t a birth defect will it heal?From what I can see in the photo this looks to be a birth defect, so no I do not believe it will resolve to normal.
It depends. IME 've seen quite a bit of fin damage heal but extensive damage healed only partially. Maybe someone else will chime in and give their input on the matter.
It shouldn’t affect his life thought right? Just unsightly?
Yeah he e eats fine and suchUnless he has other internal defects that aren't visible, then IMO it shouldn't affect him that much. Right now does he swim and behave normally?
Do you think if I was to cut it off it would grow straight?That's a good sign. The only thing I would say to do is watch him and hope for the best. Good luck.
No, it will NOT grow back. Do not do this.Do you think if I was to cut it off it would grow straight?
The breeder I got them from said it would take 6-7months to grow back, I’m not going to cut from the very top just where the curve is.No, it will NOT grow back. Do not do this.
Oh, then I am not sure.The breeder I got them from said it would take 6-7months to grow back, I’m not going to cut from the very top just where the curve is.
I am still highly skeptical about this. I don't know if all fish are the same, but I'll give you my experience with the fish I've kept; soft-fin damage will heal (grow back) if it's not too extensive or deep. Hard fin damage will not grow back. Hope this helps.The breeder I got them from said it would take 6-7months to grow back, I’m not going to cut from the very top just where the curve is.
That is a flat-out TERRIBLE idea. As @ken31cay indicated, soft tissue damage may grow back, but skeletal (hard ray) damage, if it grows back at all, is unlikely to 'look right.'Do you think if I was to cut it off it would grow straight?
If it was able to move then it would be fine but the reason I believe it’s genetic is because he cannot move it upwards it just stays like that.I absolutely hate the idea of ever modifying a fish's fins, fullstop.
If the fin damage is cosmetic and the fish otherwise functions normally? Why risk causing a debilitating injury by accidentally cutting too much or too deep for something that just looks a little off?
And how do you know if it's genetic (birth defect) or not?
Fun fact, I was born with hip dysplasia (no right hip socket was ever formed) and it wasn't caught until I was four years old. By then one of my legs was an inch longer than the other, and I couldn't put a lot of weight on the right leg nor walk in a straight line nor run around like a kid due to pain (which I assumed was normal). This wasn't realized until a doctor was trying to measure growth and told me to "stand up straight" and noticed the one inch height swing when I shifted from one leg to the other. My lack of hip socket is indeed genetic and something that should have formed during the gestation period. It was "fixed" via carving up my hip bone but "fixed" or not it's still a genetic disorder that I could pass down assuming I chose to have children.
Moral of that story? Even if you didn't notice it before doesn't mean it wasn't already there and cosmetic/not debilitating doesn't exclude genetic conditions that can be passed down to future fry.
Unless you know for absolute certainty that the fin looked normal then got damaged and just grew back weird, it sounds like the breeder might have told you a yarn to sell you a fish that should never have been sold. Even if it was damaged and just looks weird? It's not getting passed down so either accept your slightly unique fish or rehome it to someone who doesn't care instead of mutilating it farther.
I have a veil angelfish who's pelvic fins were destroyed by some Cherry barbs. They grew back but instead of long and flowing they're stumpy and curled, but it's behaviors are exactly the same as my other angelfish so why would I risk hurting the fish just to see if the fins grew back better looking a second time?