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Old 06-21-2010, 07:02 PM   #11 
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I came home today and his tail fin was really raggedy and looked like it had chunks taken out of it!!!! What do I do? I turned off the filter, and the plant is supposed to be silk! Could it be tail biting? The bottom fin looks fine now, and you can't even tell that it had been ripped. I've been using Bettafix, but if it's tail biting, is there a way to get him to stop?
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:04 PM   #12 
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Yeah, if that's what it is, it's called a 'blown tail'. It happens to Tango almost monthly now. I've heard it described as a flag that's been whipping in the wind too long? If you can picture what I mean? Tango's heals up just fine. He can see his reflection a lot better when there aren't any lights outside the tank, so there you go.

Edit - I just saw your last post. I don't know anything about tail biting. But I know that sometimes rearranging their environment and giving them more hidey holes can help with stress so I guess it stands to reason it might help with biting? But others around here know more about it.

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Old 06-24-2010, 05:57 PM   #13 
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Do you have to treat him for it every month, vaygirl?
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:55 PM   #14 
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Oh ok, they really look like plastic in the photo, especially the stems.
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Old 06-27-2010, 07:25 AM   #15 
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Goober was healing up nicely. But after getting him a new plant and a new filter, I changed his water last night. When I put him back into his water, his tail was raggedy again!!!!!!!!

Since there was nothing in the container he was in, it must be either tail biting or flaring that's causing this.
I don't understand!!!!!!! What am I doing wrong? And how can I get him to either stop flaring or stop tail biting until he's at least healed up a little better?
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Old 07-10-2010, 07:50 AM   #16 
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Just an update on Goober!

He seems to be doing well. His tail is healing and growing, and even though he still gets a bit of blown tail, he seems fine.
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Old 07-10-2010, 09:09 AM   #17 
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Glad to hear it. Keep up lots of water changes till his tail heals.
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Old 07-10-2010, 02:22 PM   #18 
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I know this replay is LONG in coming but... I stopped treating Tango at all. I just make sure his water is clean and it grows back. I watch him for infections of any kind. It's a constant thing with him. I've learned to live with it.
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:27 PM   #19 
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I'm guessing it's gonna be a constant thing for me to, vaygirl.

A day or two after I posted saying that he was doing better, his tail went all raggedy again. He was fine in the morning, and about 3 hours later his tail was bad again. I don't know if it's tail biting or flaring too much, but I do notice that he does flare quite a bit at himself.

Tonight when I checked on him, his top fin seemed to be shorter too, which makes me think tail biting. I really can't figure out what it is.

ARGH!

If it's flaring too much, does anyone know how to correct that behaviour?
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:30 PM   #20 
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sounds like my Bob...just after i posted about his back fin his top fin was missing some of the long pieces near the front. Bob only flares if I bring him a mirror though, or another fish.
It could be fin rot or old age I guess, I have no idea how old he was when I got him in the store. I'm doing daily water changes now with salt...he's happy and his fins actually looks healthier where the pieces are missing then the rest because its now straight instead of all curly.
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