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Old 11-13-2013, 10:23 AM   #1 
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Tail biting or shredding?

I can't figure out of this is biting or shredding. I think it is biting because it will grow back for two to three weeks before pieces go missing again and its really only the back portion of his tail, not the top and bottom portions.
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:07 PM   #2 
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seems like you have a tail biter to me
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:21 PM   #3 
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Really? How can you tell?
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:47 PM   #4 
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shredding would look like this. that looks like your male is biting his fin from either stress or the weight of the tail itself is irritating him.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:58 PM   #5 
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Hmm okay. Thanks everyone! What can I do to help him?
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:16 PM   #6 
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Anyone?? He lives in a 5 gallon with a sponge filter, heater, a cave, a betta hammock, 4 silk plants, a Marimo ball, a craft mesh floating "log" and other decor. I do 50% water changes once a week with a gravel vacuum and the tank is cycled.
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:46 PM   #7 
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seem you are going everything right. I have a tail biter too and I put a little bit of stress coat in the water to calm him down and it will heal his fins. Not sure if that will fix the problem though =/
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:54 PM   #8 
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I already use stress coat unfortunately. It does help with the regrowth but nothing keeps him from doing it again!
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:57 PM   #9 
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Hmmm I heard some people have to change their tanks around to keep them entertained. but then again, mine gets upset when I so a 30% water change and changes things making his colors fade. my other two boys are just fine. Gah I hate tail biters. LOL
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:52 AM   #10 
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I try to rearrange his decor when I do his water changes. I'm thinking it mostly happens when I don't have time to sit in front of the tank and give him something to look at. But I live in an apartment and don't have anywhere else to put the tank besides my room because I worry my roommates might mess with him or his tank if I moved him to the living room where there's more traffic.
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