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Are goldfish bodies always symmetrical?

Can one side be heavier/bigger than the other side, normally, or is that an indicator that something is wrong?

I know most creatures are symmetrical, but I also know that if you look at, say, tennis players, the dominant arm often has more muscle developement, etc., because of training, competing, etc.

So do goldfish get like that -- one side of the tail/body area being more developed, or not really?

--Mav

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If I noticed any part of the goldfish's bodies being bigger than the other, I'd suspect something was wrong.

2 of our 3 first fish died from internal bacterial infections, and they both swelled up only on one side (until the last day).

I don't think all fish have symmetrical fins etc. though... I'd be more worried about a marked difference in body size from one side to the other.

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Fish with a broken or damaged spine may look non-symmetrical, a female fish full of eggs will be swollen on one side..a bacterial infection can cause swelling...Normally fish are symmetrical :)

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