So after 4 days of Crusoe being sick, he finally healed up and was more than ready to get into his 5 gallon tank from his medical. He would barely sit still in his cup when I was acclimating him and eagerly wanted to explore. I thought this would be the end of our troubles.
This morning I notice he managed to shred his tail.
I don't think he is a tail biter. He loves to explore and has a huge hiding place he likes to lurk in. I interact with him regularly and he is playful with everything. However, all of decorations pass the panty-hose test and are not in the least bit rough, except this one plant that is attached to his hiding spot. Even that is not too rough; its made of soft plastic and he really likes to hide behind it. Its the only thing I can think of that could have snagged his tail but he goes through it hundreds of times a day and has had no problem until now.
I have put some aquarium salt into the tank to prevent infection. Not a lot, just a little bit of salt. My main concern to stopping it from getting worse. I know he does not have fin rot, since there is no black lining and he is acting generally healthy since he has recovered.
I will monitor him closely and make sure he isn't secretly biting his tail or shredding it on something. How long does it generally take to heal up? He doesn't have extensive damage but... I never had this problem before and don't know what to expect.