Hello again everyone out there in Betta Land! My two year old daughter and I have a veil tail named Buttercup. I have narrowed down the reason for his tail biting to some form of discontent when we leave the apartment. Oddly, he doesn't bite his tail when we sleep for ten hours straight, but when we have the audacity to leave him all by his lonesome, he bites all of the new re-growth from his tail. I bought him a Zoo Med Hammock and Floating Log. I also tried leaving the lights on or off, decor outside the tank, and a ping pong ball all with no results. If I remember tomorrow, I will try leaving the radio on for him when we leave, but I was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions for things we can try.
Buttercup lives in a three gallon tank with a small filter and an air bubbler that changes colors on an extremely low setting. He seems to enjoy the bubbles and they don't disrupt the water flow because I have it set so low that only one bubble is released at a time. I use half Prime and half Stress Coat for water conditioner because we have ammonia in our tap water, but I also want the benefit of the stress coat aloe for his coat. In addition, I soak his NLS pellets and frozen blood worms in Vita-Chem and add 1 drop/gallon of the Vita-Chem weekly. I am currently doing either daily 1 gallon water changes or 2 gallon changes every other day because when he bites his tail, the edges that were bitten look like they get fin rot. I had used AQ salt for a week and a half which greatly reduced the rot, but had to stop as not to cause other problems or make him immune to its benefits.
He seems to begin regrowth quickly and he would probably have most of his tail back by now if we decided to become homebodies and never go out. As that is not realistic, I would love to hear anything that anyone else has tried with positive results. Besides the tail biting, Buttercup is a healthy, active fish with a good appetite. I will post some pictures now:
This was taken Wednesday night. You can see a bunch of clear regrowth filling in the tears and along the edges. We take ONE STEP FORWARD...
No I don't do either of those things. The only thing I can think is that maybe he can tell the vibration of the front door. Either that or he is sleeping/resting at night so it doesn't bother him to be alone, but he gets bored/lonely during the late afternoon into evening without someone talking to him?