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Old 07-25-2012, 05:11 PM   #1 
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How to heal the tail of a tail biter

Taz bites his tail a lot and all it is, is tatters. How can I get it to heal? Epsom salt?
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:22 PM   #2 
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Clear water and aquarium salt help. I've got a tailbiter myself - his tail is constantly trying to regrow itself, but a tailbiter is a tailbiter for me. :(
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:26 PM   #3 
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I will try the AQS. -.- Wen he eats, he gets a chunk of his tail
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:20 PM   #4 
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Most of the time tail-biting is usually caused by stress. First try to figure out the stress factors before using AQ Salt or Epson Salt. There are a few things you can try. If your tank has decorations try moving things around. If not get some.

Also make sure your betta has a hiding spot like some type of cave or use a cup. It's good for your betta to have some place to go for privacy and it reduces stress. If your betta is in a new environment it can cause stress. Also bright lights. My betta used to bite his tail. He never did it for the first month when I brought him home. Then I figured out it was bright lights that stressed him out. I now use a softer light and brought him a cave which he uses all the time. Now its been 3 weeks and he no longer bites his tail.
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:04 AM   #5 
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Most of the time tail-biting is usually caused by stress. First try to figure out the stress factors before using AQ Salt or Epson Salt. There are a few things you can try. If your tank has decorations try moving things around. If not get some.

Also make sure your betta has a hiding spot like some type of cave or use a cup. It's good for your betta to have some place to go for privacy and it reduces stress. If your betta is in a new environment it can cause stress. Also bright lights. My betta used to bite his tail. He never did it for the first month when I brought him home. Then I figured out it was bright lights that stressed him out. I now use a softer light and brought him a cave which he uses all the time. Now its been 3 weeks and he no longer bites his tail.
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:19 AM   #6 
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It actually looks a bit like fin rot, due to the black on the tips of the fins. I'm no expert though, you probably know (:
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:35 AM   #7 
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That's actually the color, he is a dark blue
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:42 AM   #8 
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Fish muzzle... Nuff said.

I had no idea they bit their own tails :o they dont feel it I guess? Or is it like cutting wrists in fish form?
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:14 PM   #9 
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Fish muzzle... Nuff said.

I had no idea they bit their own tails :o they dont feel it I guess? Or is it like cutting wrists in fish form?
They feel it, but not as much as they would if the tail was cut/torn/bit closer to the body. And no, nothing like that. It's from stress.

To the OP, pretty much what everyone else has posted. Have you tried floating a ping pong ball or a water bottle cap in the water to give him something to do? He might be bored.
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I will try to get ping pong balls
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