Pearlscale Question

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Jack Dempsey
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Hi folks,

I’ve read pearlscale is caused by a gene that makes the scales malform to look nubby. I think it’s absolutely stunning, however I was wondering if this mutation causes any harm to the fish? Irritation, disease susceptibly, etc.
I might be interested in a breeding project with them in the future, but want to make sure the gene is ethical to pursue.

I recently acquired a pearlscale marble koi female from someone.
My marble koi male has taken an extreme shine to her, and almost immediately ditched his current partner 🤣
He was one of my more placid ones, a very submissive pair. Now he’s playing fistie-cuffs with all the other angels, then gently nipping her like, “hey, did you see that?!”
Certainly in attempts to woo her, I think!
 

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Since no comments yet-- It's been 30 years since I had them, but mine were perfectly healthy and hardy, no less robust than my other fish-- had some really big and beautiful gold pearlscales and orange and black marble with pearled scales. That was a long time ago, so I can't guarantee today's genetics, but I would expect the same today as long as they come from a quality breeding line.
 

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Jack Dempsey
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Oh wow! I had no idea they even existed until I saw some relinquished adults at my LFS. They’ve been around a while then 😂

I was worried it’d be some sort of mutation like a leather-skin bearded dragon 🤦🏼‍♀️
 

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Pearlscale is a common angelfish genetic trait. It's been in the fish for decades and often gets crossed into most lines.
 

DirtyPaws949

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Pearlscale is a common angelfish genetic trait. It's been in the fish for decades and often gets crossed into most lines.
Great, thanks!
Now I feel like a noob again 😆
Just wanted to double check, since this mutation affects characteristics other than color.
breeding project would be down the road, once I get my big cichlids moved and can give the angels the 150gal.
 
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