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Old 04-16-2012, 10:52 AM   #1 
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Suggestions for tail-biting?

I fought finrot with Keller about 3 months ago. Took 6 weeks. Then had relapse. Got past that. But he also intermittently bites. He has a poor immune system in the first place-a petstore betta- and takes forever to heal. I have some bettas that will get nipped or ripped and then will have fin regrowth start the next day. Not Keller. He takes forever. He's also very sensitive to my being away for the day etc. So just when he has some regrowth, he'll get stressed about something and bite. And I don't care that much about the way it looks, but I don't like to see him stressed, and it sets him up for infection.

Any advice for fin biting? He gets pampered the most of my 15 bettas. Lives alone in a 10gal with lots of toys. I don't skimp ever on his water changes, he's too sensitive to let his water get remotely dirty. He has IAL in the tank. Sometimes AQ salt for healing but I try to avoid it. He's very social and I do favor him, so he gets a lot of my attention. But the down-side of that is when I have to be away for the day or night he gets stressed or bored and bites. So I come back to him ecstatic to see me but with a chunk of tail missing.

I've tried different things to reduce stress or boredom when I leave, lights on, lights off, TV on, something beside the tank...

Anyone use a lava lamp? That would be my next attempt I guess. Any other suggestions???
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:02 AM   #2 
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You can try changing his tank around or add something new, like a new plant or hidey hole. Gandalf likes to nip himself occassionally too, but then I just change everything around and he's fine for awhile.
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Old 04-16-2012, 01:15 PM   #3 
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Will try- thanks!
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:00 PM   #4 
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I find the ping pong ball trick works best for me, most bettas are very curious animals, so whenever they have something new put in the tank they can't stop themselves going to investigate, so you could try (soak the ball in tank water that you took out in the water change before putting it in) putting the ball in to see if your boy will play with it, it will float but it wont stay in the same place for long. Also the tank redecoration works well
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:14 PM   #5 
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I do extra water changes for my tail bitter and i think it helps. I don't suggest to put aquarium salt. Aquarium salt should be used only when you treat with it and only right dosage and duration :)
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