My alpha female does a great job of ruling the tank without hurting the other fish. It really worried me because suddenly they started having not only tears, but little holes in their fins, then I noticed that raised scale. Fin nipping is one thing, but a betta biting the body is another. Turns it it wasn't the alpha, it was that algae eater! Those things are like a mix between a lamphrey and a channel cat. They start on a diet of algae but soon move to fish slime. The guppie was just a bit of a pest. He could eat as many betta pellets as one of my male bettas. I really like guppies because they're so tough and they reproduce easily but forget keeping them with bettas, I've had a bad experience both times (though the first time it wasn't due to fin nipping, the tank just turned for some reason). Also now that the Chinese algae eater is gone, my otocinclus is out from hiding and finally cleaning the tops of the clay pots!
Last edited by Brian10962001; 11-22-2011 at 08:27 AM.