So, for anybody who has read my previous threads: My little tail biter is at it again.
I have been doing more frequent 50% water changes (with 85-90% if needed) and he was doing ok. My routine is: do water change, feed small piece of bloodworm treat, then cover the tank and let him sit in the dark for a while and calm down.
Then on the 5th I did a 50% water change. But I didnt cover him up. It was afternoon (2pmish) and I was putzing around in my room afterwards and he likes to watch. His tail was fine when I last checked on him around 10:30pm. I got up in the morning to feed him and did a double take and im sure my jaw dropped. He really did a lot of damage to the lower part of his tail (where as last time it was higher up). I could not believe it.
I took out the treasure chest in his tank and ended up throwing it away. I thought maybe he bit his tail and then the bites got snagged on it. I dont think it was sharp enough though. :\ We tried to file down what we felt were the "sharper" edges, but the paint started chipping. Luckily I had a Beatles mug that was still sealed in the box. Took it out and rinsed it and that went in his tank.
I even got a suggestion to change the tank background since maybe he didnt like the bright red. I thought what the heck? Cant hurt and changed it back to what he used to have and just put some black paper on the sides as well.
He seemed okay till I did a 50% change tonight. Tried to do it slower than usual in hopes that it wouldnt freak him out. Gave him his blood worm treat and then covered him up and turned out the lights. I went in to feed him (he missed last nights and this mornings, so I figured I would give him two pellets with the blood worm). And he kind of freaked out on me, he was swimming around to various hiding places like he was trying to escape me. Maybe I woke him up or startled him or something. He didnt come out to eat.
He has only done that once before, when my mom had surgery and I disturbed him very early in the morning to see if he would eat since my mother was having surgery and i'd be at the hospital all day.
And to top it off I think I spotted a small hole in his tail as he was swimming. Dont know if he did that before or during his freak out.
I just dont know what to do anymore. Somehow everything I do goes wrong. He needs water changes to help heal his fins, but he hates water changes and hurts his fins more when I do it. I just cant win.
Sorry guys, i had to get it out. Maybe someone has an idea I havent tried yet.