I've found that some of my tail bitters would rather be by themselves. Romeo my gorgeous HM that had a beautiful tail decided to shred it. *cringes* Oh I wanted to kill him!lol He was in a divided tank so now he has a 2.5G all by himself and I've seen some fin growth coming in. It could be that they're agitated that they can see the fish and can't get to them.
For the ones that are in by themselves i would put something between the tanks so he/she can't see the other fish and the ones in divided tanks, I'd add more plants up against the divider so they can't see each other. I hope this helps! I know it's frustrating, but just hang in there. :)
I have two HMs that share a tank and were fine for the first month, then BAM! No tail. They are in a kritter keeper now, while their tank is being cycled. If, when I put them back in, they still bite their tails, I will probably end up getting kritter keepers and putting them in seperate ones and cycling those :-/
DRAMA - can you edit my poll so people can choose multiple answers?? THANK YOU!!
I have one, divided with another male. He's just recently stopped though, or I believe, since it grew back long enough to bite again. I rescape the tank with very noticeable plants, and then all of a sudden, they noticed each other through the divider for a week! And he started tailbiting. Now they've lost interest, and he's stopped tailbiting. And it's plastic mesh, btw.
I am curious about the housing set ups of those of you with tail biters. I had a beautiful HM and he started biting his tail. I gave him to a family who had an empty 10 gallon with only one tetra in it. They have kept the betta in a bowl until the tetra dies (it is 4 years old) and then will put the betta into the tank. He cannot see any other fish from his bowl now. Apparently, the plakat-wannabe now loves his bowl and his tail is completely grown in.
I now currently have 4 tail biters and am wondering if there are any similarities between housing situations. Mine can either all see another fish or are in a divided tank with someone else.
I am trying to compile this information... so if you could tell me:
- Housing situation
- tail type
I'd really appreciate it!! You can click on more than one thing in the poll.
Last edited by kuklachica; 03-14-2010 at 08:51 PM.
Well Freddie started biting when he was in a 1 gallon bowl.. unfiltered, unheated, one plant and a cave, one water change a week. He is actually the reason I started researching bettas and the reason my fish are so well taken care of now.
He has also bit in a cycled 10 divided were he could and then couldn't see the other fish and also a cycled 2.5 by himself (he is happiest in the 2.5).
Damon bit his tail in a 3 gallon cycled.. for no apparent reason that I have discerned yet.
My little Caesar still bites his tail (VT)
He's in a 2.25 G, unfiltered, heated (78-80), and regular has 100% changes.
He seems too always nip at his tail the most right after I do a water change.
So I'm thinking of investing in a 5G tank that'll be cycled so I don't have to stress him so much with the WC.
That can't happen until I move again in a few months though.