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Old 01-08-2010, 07:01 PM   #1 
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Crowntail Wannabe

I've been having some challenges with Jack lately. I switched his tank with my other betta Mo for various reasons that I won't go into. Prior to that, Jack had somehow torn his caudal fin. I took out the only decoration that I thought could have done it. After switching him with my other betta however, I came home today to find that he had managed to shred his dorsal fin. >_<

Mo lived in that tank for 4+ months without a single incident involving his fins. I have come to the conclusion that Jack must simply want to be a crown tail... because that's sort of what he looks like now.

In any case... my avatar is a pic of him prior to tearing up his fins. I might post an "after" image later.
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Old 01-08-2010, 08:10 PM   #2 
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bettas can bite almost any fin on there body. My freddie has bitten every fin he has except his pectoral fins (if thats what the two dangly ones are called.. I always get confused LOL)
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Old 01-08-2010, 08:36 PM   #3 
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Hmm... I'm not sure if he's biting himself or what. It seems like he'll go awhile and he'll be healing up... and then I'll come in and he's absolutely shredded again
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Old 01-08-2010, 08:53 PM   #4 
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I've got a tail biter... sounds like what's going on with yours! :( He was fine for a while then BOOM! He started shredding his tail. Since I put him in a divided tank with Ivy, he hasn't bitten much.
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:24 PM   #5 
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he could be a stress biter.. could you have possibly changed something that stresses him out?
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Old 01-08-2010, 11:10 PM   #6 
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Possibly the tank switch I guess? He was in there for three days or so before I found him with his newly shredded fins. The first time around, he'd been in that tank for about 3 weeks. I've always been very careful with my water parameters. The pH is good, no ammonia or anything...
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Old 01-08-2010, 11:18 PM   #7 
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It could be from the move.. if he heals up and doesn't do it again then thats probably what caused it. If not you will have to go through everything systematically until you find the source (IALs help with healing).

He doesn't sound like a chronic biter to me since he bites then stops. Something stressed him out.
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:53 AM   #8 
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Er.... what are IALs exactly? >_<
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Old 01-09-2010, 02:56 AM   #9 
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IAL stands for Indian Almond Leaf... it is used a lot in betta keeping. It helps for a lot of things. It can help speed healing.. plus it has anti bacterial qualities.

It releases tannins (or something similar) just like driftwood that help calm a betta. The only drawback is that it turns the water brown while in the tank.. personally I think the tanks look nice with the tinted water.

They are really cheap but as far as I know only available off ebay (at least in the US)
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Old 01-09-2010, 09:17 AM   #10 
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Interesting. I'm always wary about getting things on ebay... but maybe I'll look into it.
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