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Old 09-06-2012, 09:50 AM   #1 
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Lil Sano is biting himself

I just now noticed it. He has had fin rot, but it looks like he is healing up. A few seconds ago he turned and nipped at his tail. Does this mean that something is still bothering him? What do I need to do? I will try to upload a pic of his fins so you can see.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:57 AM   #2 
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most likely he is bored..add more decor or even put a mirror so he can see his reflection..

what size tank is he in?is it heated?is there filtration?im going to post a form after i send this that u can fill out and it will help us a lot more..
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:59 AM   #3 
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answer as much as u can please :)


Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:13 AM   #4 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 1 gallon for now
What temperature is your tank?About 78f
Does your tank have a filter?no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?no
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? tetramin tropical flakes, freeze dried bloodworms(treak 2x a week), and bettamin tropical medley
How often do you feed your betta fish?3x a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?everyday
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?start right from jungle and easy balance from tetra

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?no

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?His fin rot looks to be healing
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? he seems a bit more sliggish and his belly is a little bloated, but not much.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? just now
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?I quit feeding him so much so the bloating would go away, so far he is looking better.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?yes
How old is your fish (approximately)?1 year
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:25 AM   #5 
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i personally would try feeding him less.i feed mine 2 times a day..others feed theirs once a day..its also good to skip a day of feeding..and remember their stomachs are the size of their eyes..so they dont need much food.but the choice is urs. ;) u do have a good balance of nutrition there so i have no doubt he is happy about that.

water changes..i currently house 1 of my males in a 1 gallon.i would either do 1 50% water change every second day with a 100% every other day after that...day 1 new water,,3rd day 50% change,day 5 100% change..

but i mostly do a 100% every other day especially mine was just sick..i also say that because changing their water too much will cause stress..

since he is bloated,he is being over fed,,i just read that which goes back to what i mentioned above about feeding.if u havent fed him yet today.skip todays feeding and allow his digestive system time to catch up.if u have fed him already this morning.feed him a little tonight.then skip tomorrow..since his bloating has gotten a little better he should be fine..feeding him 3 times a day like that could cause swim bladder disease.

but from the way he is acting.it sounds like boredom.try possibly getting atleast a 2 gallon for him.but mostly he needs more decor or something he can entertain himself with..mirrors are great.u can have it leaning against the outside of the bowl.i do it sometimes with mine.though 1 females sees her reflection in the glass by the filters and he will flare at herself..

also try adding a live plant like a moss ball and let it float.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:30 AM   #6 
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One of my guys started biting his fins, and so I moved him into a divided 10 gallon with lots of plants, some shrimp to chase around, a snail, a betta log, and several hidey holes. He stopped biting his tail he was so pleased with his new tank :) of course then he got past the divider and was even more pleased that he won a fight with his tankmate, and he now has the full 10 gallons to himself but he is still not biting his tail ;P
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:38 AM   #7 
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thats what ill be doing to my 2 males.once i make the dividers and finish up their tank..they get bored and will bite their tails..my males are currently in my 2 1 gallon or less hospital tanks with nothing but a floating plant as a place to rest and hide.i just go to them all the time and move my hands around to keep from being bored for now :)
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:44 AM   #8 
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Okay. Thank you all. :)
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:56 AM   #9 
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no problem :)
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:19 AM   #10 
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It would be easier to control how much he eats if you got him some pellets but he may not want to eat them since he likes and is used to the flakes. He is pretty love his colors !
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