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Old 02-28-2010, 11:21 AM   #1 
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Is this normal?

I cant tell if his tail is supposed to look like this or if something is wrong. His tail was this way when I got him so I dont have anything to compare it to. his tail look fringy at the ends .
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Old 02-28-2010, 11:29 AM   #2 
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He looks like he been biting it. That's how my HMs looked when they started biting.
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Old 02-28-2010, 11:59 AM   #3 
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Yeh I asked the same question about this yesterday about my half moon & was told its due to him biting his tail.
I'm gonna salt bath mine, once Aquarius gets over his injuries after his fight!
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:49 PM   #4 
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Hm I havent seen him do it (not that means he hasnt) im wondering if it was the stress of his trip from florida? His tail looked this way when he came last week & hasnt gotten any worse. But I kept having a feeling that his tail wasnt supposed to be like that. If I was stuck in a lil plastic bag from florida to Delaware i might be eating my tail too :)
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Some bettas are stress biters so it is very possible that he bit it in transit. I have a few tail biters (SOOO frustrating) and some of the you catch in the act and some do it in secret and you never see. But that is DEFINITELY how all 4 of my HMs looked when they started biting (mostly due to stress from me moving things around and also the cycling process). I would add a little bit of aquarium salt and turn the heat to ~84* to prevent any infection.
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I have him in a 3 gallon tank . How much salt would u suggest?
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Old 03-01-2010, 04:05 PM   #7 
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Salt bath dose is 1 tsp per 1 gallon... so I'd got 1/2 tsp per gallon? I usually eye-ball it. If he has never had salt in his water before you may want to go light and supplement with salt baths (but I'd only do the baths if you see any actual redness or rot). Someone else may want to chime in with a better suggestion? This is what I have been doing in my guys' water while their tails heal, but don't feel confident enough to say that it is 100% right.

Here is a good thread on salt baths:
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread....ight=salt+bath

You may want to look into Indian Almond Leaf (via ebay or aquabid). These are found in their natural habits and a couple of my guys have really calmed down since I started using them (plus they like building bubble nests under them :)
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Yup I got a tail biter on my hands. I havent seen him do it but now he has a big chunk missing.
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That the one you got off aquabid?

If so, they might have been selling him because he's a bitter. :P A lot of people don't like to breed biters.
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That the one you got off aquabid?

If so, they might have been selling him because he's a bitter. :P A lot of people don't like to breed biters.

Yup thats him. I will try to keep him comfy & stress free as much as I can. Not really sure what to do about it besides make sure it doesnt turn into infection.
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