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Old 11-03-2012, 11:30 AM   #1 
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Question frequent tail biting/finrot

so i have my beautiful Harpa, and he always gets tail biting/finrot. i don't know how to get the form to fill out so all the info i can give you is this. he has it right now and i have never seen him biting before. Could it be possible that he does it while i'm away or asleep? i think my plant is too sharp so i am going to go soon and get a new one. please, someone get me the form so i can fill it out. Help!
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:47 AM   #2 
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Here ya go...copy/paste and complete this and add...also a pic will help too.

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 11-04-2012, 01:54 PM   #3 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 2 gal
What temperature is your tank? 80 degrees ferenheit
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? yes
Is your tank heated? no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? aqueon color enchancing betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? when i get up and when i go to bed

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? 1 time a week
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? bettabowl plus, (or top fin betta water conditioner) 3 drops betta revive

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? just fins falling apart
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? no change ;)
When did you start noticing the symptoms? when he got it repetedly
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? betta revive, 6 drops
Does your fish have any history of being ill? just fin rot/tail biting
How old is your fish (approximately)? i have had him for about 3 months

hope this helps ;)
ps i don't know how to post pictures.

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Old 11-10-2012, 12:30 PM   #4 
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Since you can't post a pic...describe what you are seeing....

If he is tail biting...that can be a challenge to figure out the trigger to get them to stop-until then it is an on-going problem and about all you can do is prevent a secondary infection.

Since he is in a 2gal with a filter-you might try removing the filter all together. Sometimes the filter itself can be the cause of fin damage and it can even be a stress factor and/or the trigger for tail biting in some cases.

IMO/E-filters are optional for this species and since you are making 100% water changes in the filtered tank-Removing the filter will not change your water changes, however, I would recommend that you increase your water changes regardless if you remove the filter or not to-Twice weekly 50% with the filter and twice weekly without the filter-1-50% and 1-100%

If you have a tannin source of either IAL or dried Oak leaf-this can help with fin/scale issues.

I would do a fresh/dechlorinated water treatment, remove the filter, add a tannin source and improve nutrition.... And the hardest part...have patience....Fin issues-especially tail biting can be frustrating and often it can take time for healing/regrowth and sometimes-depending on the damage, genetic, age, nutrition and other factor...the fins never return to their full glory....
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:34 PM   #5 
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thanks... i think that will help.
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:08 PM   #6 
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Are there decorations or are there very sharp objects?
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:20 PM   #7 
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Two of my five fish are tail-biters and both of them mostly only bite their tails when I'm not watching. In fact, one of them only bites his tail when I'm gone overnight.

Are the edges of his tail darkened or grey? If they are, then it's fin rot. That's the best way to tell the difference.

To post pictures, I have to upload them to photobucket and then copy and paste the code from there. There is a way to post pictures directly onto the forum, but only if they're the right size and format.
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If you don't see the biting it might be fins being torn on the objects in the tank.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:37 PM   #9 
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It is probably fin rot.
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