My new guy is definitely a tail biter, when I got up this morning he was swimming in tight circles and has multiple chunks missing from his tail. I know there are a few reasons for tail biting, especially stress and boredom... how do I tell which it is?
If it is boredom then should I get him a tank mate?
What size is your tank? 5g
What temperature is your tank? 81
Does your tank have a filter? yes
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
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Wardley betta food, tetra min tropical granules, freeze dried blood worms, frozen brine shrimp
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3x a day
How often do you perform a water change? When indicated by test.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API stress coat/stress zyme
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Not yet this morning
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Chunks missing from tail
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Swam in circles from when I bought him
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Just stress coat
Does your fish have any history of being ill? NA
How old is your fish (approximately)? Don't know, bought him this week.