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Old 11-09-2013, 01:44 PM   #1 
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Tail Biting Help?

I've had my veiltail, Enjolras, for a few months and have never had a problem with him biting his tail before. But today, I saw him flaring at himself and chasing his tail - and there were pieces of it missing. He's chased his tail before, but I never noticed pieces missing like this.

He lives by himself in a 2.5g that's heated and filtered. Sorry I couldn't get a better picture, he was moving too quickly for me to get a good shot. If you can't really see the damage, I'll try and get a better shot.
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Old 11-09-2013, 05:43 PM   #2 
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I think he did it again. :(
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Old 11-09-2013, 06:49 PM   #3 
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I am battling biting much more severe than this unfortunately. What I've heard that could stop it is rearranging his tank decor and if he can see his reflection maybe cover the sides so there's no glare. Maybe shrimp could keep his attention as well but that could backfire by causing stress. I'm honestly looking to rehome my biter right now, because I have tried everything I can think of and I'm running out of "fish fund". He's not happy and I'm not happy. Yours doesn't sound like a chronic biter though. Hopefully you can stop it before it turns to habit.
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Old 11-09-2013, 07:43 PM   #4 
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I'll try rearranging his decor when I clean it (I'm sick with the flu at the moment so I probably shouldn't be cleaning things). I'm not too sure about the shrimp either, especially with his tank size (2.5g). I wish I knew why he started doing it. He's usually such a happy, curious little fish. :( He even had his tank divided with another male before I realized that his tank was too small to do it with, and he never once bit his tail or showed any sign of distress even then. Hopefully this won't become a habit for him. Best of luck with your tail biter! I hope he feels better soon and stops with the biting.

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Old 11-10-2013, 11:30 AM   #5 
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Thanks. And yeah. Wait til your better. And a 2.5 gal is small so you'll have to ask others about adding shrimp. A lot of people do think it's just boredom. I've even heard of people putting their tanks in a higher traffic area to keep their attention.
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:02 PM   #6 
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My fish, Kami, is a chronic tail biter, but he seems perfectly happy otherwise. Oddly it's only his tail, his other fins are in excellent condition. With him I am certain it's boredom, so I try to do what I can to entertain him, which includes adding new ornaments/switching them out and trying new treats. I think it's working, as he hasn't been biting his own tail as of late.
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I'm thinking it was boredom for Enjolras, too. He doesn't seem stressed at all and still seems really excited whenever I sit at my desk (where his tank is). I think I caught him trying to do it again, but I tapped on the tank and he just lost all interest in it. His tail's looking better today, so I guess he hasn't done it since yesterday. I'll try switching around his decor when I feel up to cleaning his tank, though.
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