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Old 05-27-2010, 09:54 AM   #1 
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Unhappy Possible fin biting? D:

Yesterday, I moved my betta from his 1/2 a gallon tank to a 10 gallon tank, which had plenty of hiding spots and is in a dimly lit room, and he was fine. He ignored the hiding spots and would just leisurely swim around the open area. I checked on him every hour or so, and he seemed fine. Then, I went to check on him this morning, and his fins were in shredds. He's a veil tail, but now his tail reminds me of a crown tail! There's nothing that can shred his fins, so it might be that he's biting his tail, but I don't know if that's it for sure. He's getting over some finrot, and some parts of his tail were still healing, but I felt he'd be fine. Could he have just swam around so much the healing parts split?
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Old 05-27-2010, 05:15 PM   #2 
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I would say he was tail biting from your story, perhaps he also tail bit the healing areas too I have one who is a really bad tail biter he goes through bouts of it
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Old 05-27-2010, 07:48 PM   #3 
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D: How do I fix it and get him to stop?
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Old 05-28-2010, 10:42 PM   #4 
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From what I've seen on this forum, they usually don't stop because it's like a stress reaction. Some people here say it's comparable to a human biting their nails. He's most likely thinking "Holy...what am I gonna do with all this space?? *nervous nervous*"

I thought my fish Harmonus was tail biting too so I posted pictures [could be finrot, never got a definitive answer], but the remedy for damaged fins seems to be the same as the remedy for finrot.

Immaculately clean, warm water, and aquarium salt [as per dosing directions on package].
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Old 05-30-2010, 03:39 PM   #5 
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umm is there by chance another betta tank close to his? Sometimes some bettas if they see another betta they get frustrated and bite their own fins
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LotusRuin: Thank you for the advise :) Do you know if a tiny pinch of sea salt would be a good subtitute?
JamieTron: No, not at all, he's the only betta, the only indoor fish to be exact.

Well, I'm going to have to move him back to his little 1/2 gallon tank while I clean the 10 gallon and re-decorate and cycle and possibly add some otos and possibly some schooling fish. So, I'm guessing in the 2 or so weeks I'm working on the tank, I can try to heal Puffy too.
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