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Old 10-05-2012, 11:51 PM   #11 
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tail biting. :V i've had many who chewed around the rays like that. 8I as long as you keep his water clean, he'll be fine. :B i don't add anything to my tail biter's water, unless i start to see signs of rot. then, it's a little AQ salt for a few water changes.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:55 PM   #12 
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Well, the thing is that I don't know the signs of fin rot. I mean yeah I've read about it, but I've never dealt with it, or see clear pics of what happens. He's in AQS tonight, just in case. :/
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:51 AM   #13 
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AQ won't hurt him. Rot usually manifests itself as very dark black edges on the fins. If they're in a cup or barebottom tank, you can often find bits of black fin that have just dissolved right off.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:34 PM   #14 
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Ok, well he is in a barebottomed tank. (1.5 gallons, but I only filled it with 1 gallon.) I don't see anything but poop so far. However, the rips seem to be worse.






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Old 10-06-2012, 06:55 PM   #15 
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Because he seems otherwise healthy and his fins are so open, I tend to think it's fin biting. Also, because the shredding is confined to his caudal (tail) fin. If it was rot, there's a strong possibility it would be affecting all of his fins.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:08 PM   #16 
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He must be a very very bored betta to start biting his own tail :(
I suggest maybe giving him live food so he has something to chase around in his tank, or a moss ball or a large pebble that he can move around from time to time.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:08 PM   #17 
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If it was rot, there's a strong possibility it would be affecting all of his fins.
That's kinda what I've been thinking...

But he is very healthy, IMO. I watched him today and he kept whipping his tail around right in his face. So I'm hoping that it is fin biting, as fin rot scares me! Eventually he will be moved to his own 3 gallon, which will hopefully give him plenty to do. I'll be looking closely for regrowth though.

ETA: NyaNyanNaa, he's in a small quarantine tank right now, so there's not much I can do for entertainment. He's the first one I've had with this high of an energy level, so I will need to find something for him to do.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:21 PM   #18 
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I see. I suggest the large pebbles then ;P
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:30 PM   #19 
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I was also thinking of plastic bottle caps or ping pong balls.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:35 PM   #20 
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See, I knew it was biting. :P I've seen cases like these and they were biting capers.
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