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Old 09-16-2010, 08:28 PM   #1 
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Tailbiting! Or is it?

Before you go labeling your "Tail biter" as a stressed out, freaked out fishy, take a moment to watch him. I've been noticing with my "tail biting" HM that he acts a bit fishy (no pun intended) during feeding. So, today I watched him extra closely. I realized, with quite a bit of horror, that what his "tail biting" actually was was him missing the food, and biting himself instead! What he was doing was spinning in circles, trying to reach the food, and then lunging at the "food", catching his own tail on accident. Poor guy jumped out of the water in fight, and darted away, sending his food spinning to the bottom, where he raced to get it before it was lost amongst the gravel...
If this is what your fish is actually doing, how to avoid this is possibly waiting for him to sit still, then placing the food in front of him, not to the side or behind him, which would require spinning, and a possibility to bite. I'm willing to bet that many "tail biters" are really just fish with bad aim

If this is in the wrong section, I'm sorry mods! Just wanted to spread a little info that doesn't always come up when people meet their tail biters. And to provide a little help, should the fish really just be a biter wanna-be!

Last edited by CodeRed; 09-16-2010 at 08:31 PM. Reason: ttttt, I forgots it ):
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:47 PM   #2 
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hmm, thats very interesting! maybe he needs tiny glasses!
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:54 PM   #3 
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my fishies have rather good aim, ive never encountered tail biting before!!
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Old 09-16-2010, 09:00 PM   #4 
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It's because he's got HUGE fins (seriously, huge o.o;), so he can't turn as well. It was the same with my doubletail, whos fins were about the same size. I never caught Skittles "biting", but he did do it, so I imagine this happened to him as well.
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Old 09-16-2010, 09:02 PM   #5 
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See, rather large fins:


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Old 09-18-2010, 02:10 PM   #6 
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How strange!
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Old 09-19-2010, 06:22 PM   #7 
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wow, that's so interesting!
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Old 09-19-2010, 11:44 PM   #8 
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Hmm, that's interesting! Poor guy!
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