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Shakaho brought up very large pearlscales, specifically "Softball sized". While I was browsing the internet for pearlscale related things a few weeks back I came across a claim by a breeder that his largest, roundest, tikus only live a year or two. Others chimed in to agree with him. Of course it's my luck and I cannot for the life of me find the source (and my laptop clears cookies and history weekly). Maybe it's just me but I don't know of any members who've kept large tikus alive fore very long. My first tikus didn't last long, my first passing within a year after purchase, and my second nearly two years. The discussion I'd like to have is how much of an impact is roundness having on them in terms of overall health. I know other pearlscales (like Jess's Bowser) who were very large but just became weakened from a minor scrape and died. I love pearlies but I try to stay away from anything with short fins and a weak peduncle or anything too round. So far Roosevelt, my largest crowned pearlie rarely has floating issues, besides being generally clumsy, and only exhibits unbalanced behavior after waterchanges as they stress her out. My smaller crowned pearlie Cider has no issues currently, but is no where near as round or as large yet and my newest tiku pearlie Ushi has a strong peduncle and is extremely fast, however he's a bit too small yet so there could be issues down the line as he's more round. I'd also like to hear experiences, especially if any of you have kept large tikus for multiple years.