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Old 07-22-2013, 12:01 PM   #1 
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Tail Biter/Anxiety

I recently purchased a Betta Fish, I've had him barely a week and yesterday he completely shredded his tail and part of his dorsel fin. I noticed right away he seemed to be a very anxious fish, but I've never dealt with a fish that was so nervous that he wont even eat when I'm around. So I guess my question is, how can I reduce his anxiety and make him more comfortable, and hopefully stop him from shredding his beautiful fins?
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:02 PM   #2 
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How big is the tank that he's in? Does he have anywhere to hide if he wants to?
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:03 PM   #3 
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IAL and Stress Coat + seems to soothe tail biters.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:29 PM   #4 
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He's only in a half gal with no hiding spots :( I was thinking of a bigger home with a cave might help. I also have API stress coat and doubled the dose this morning, but I'm not sure what IAL is?
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:35 PM   #5 
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Definitely try giving him some places to hide and possibly some silk plants too if you can. He might be biting out of boredom, and it could be anxiety simply from having nowhere to hide if he feels threatened or scared. I would agree with the larger tank, but then he may need more places to hide just based on what you've said about him being anxious.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:42 PM   #6 
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Ok, thanks for the advice! I'll upgrade his home and get him some more hiding spots.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:48 PM   #7 
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Let us know if he continues tail biting or not! If you can't get a larger home for him right away, just try getting some decorations then so that he will feel safer and start to relax.
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