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    Chagoi with poorly mouth

    Hi, Iím new to the forum but have been a fishkeeper for 30 years plus, mainly tropical but have kept koi for approx 4 years.
    Recent new pool built, meaning our koi had to spend some time in a holding pond, all was well until our small (7Ē) Chag sustained an injury to his mouth which was not noticed until he had rot. His mouth now appears healed but is deformed. He is eating 3mm pellets and crushed mealworms and other treats we Ďadaptí for him.
    My question is will his mouth now continue to grow with him, he has the appearance of a shark from above with a pointy nose but his mouth seems very small. Heís holding his own at the moment in a pond with 6 other koi, all larger than him, it sometimes takes him a few attempts to catch his chosen piece of food. Just a bit concerned that as he grows his mouth wonít!!! Any previous experiences greatly appreciated.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy-the-fish View Post
    Hi, I’m new to the forum but have been a fishkeeper for 30 years plus, mainly tropical but have kept koi for approx 4 years.
    Recent new pool built, meaning our koi had to spend some time in a holding pond, all was well until our small (7”) Chag sustained an injury to his mouth which was not noticed until he had rot. His mouth now appears healed but is deformed. He is eating 3mm pellets and crushed mealworms and other treats we ‘adapt’ for him.
    My question is will his mouth now continue to grow with him, he has the appearance of a shark from above with a pointy nose but his mouth seems very small. He’s holding his own at the moment in a pond with 6 other koi, all larger than him, it sometimes takes him a few attempts to catch his chosen piece of food. Just a bit concerned that as he grows his mouth won’t!!! Any previous experiences greatly appreciated.
    In my opinion I would continue to nurture this Chagoi ( if you are not aiming for a show fish) I have a similar Chagoi that had a deformed mouth with the muscle seeming to be weaker on one side. It is always first up for food & all the other Koi follow his lead. He traps food against the side of the pond & is able to eat 4mm pellets & mealworms, and the important thing to note is he is growing. I would watch how he develops & as long as he is able to feed , then go with it.

    I know it goes against the “ culling anything less than perfect” Japanese methodologies but I am neither a breeder nor an exhibitor. I also have a 15 year old with a bent spine that swims around with the rest of them without any issues. I may enter them into the ParaKoilympics
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    I have one I got off Freddy boy with a twisted mouth never bothers it at all

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