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Old 07-15-2010, 10:52 PM   #1 
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Fin rot or tail biter?

I know he has lots of curling but over night a chunk at the top of his back fin went missing...it was so fast I doubt it's fin rot...what do you think? I've already added salt to his tank but if it's fin rot I want to move him to his 1/2 gallon and do daily water changes.

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Old 07-15-2010, 11:12 PM   #2 
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It most likely is tail-biting, Fin Rot progresses very slowly...

Are there any sharp decorations or plants that could have torn his fins?

For my tail-biter Dead Sunlight, boredom is what drives him to bit... (Although there are many other causes).

If he is acting normally, you could try rearranging decorations or adding more for him to discover...

I also heard that ping-pong balls will give them something to do.

If tail-biting is due to boredom, the best way to prevent it is to keep them occupied.

Hope this helps

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Old 07-15-2010, 11:14 PM   #3 
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Thanks, I just rearranged his tank yesterday before the fin damage occurred. The new plants I put in are silk so they should be fine. Maybe he snagged it on the inside of his airplane decoration...
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He's probably a stress biter. Stress biters can be set off by minute changes in their tank or their schedule--I'd suggest not changing around his decor for awhile.
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Old 07-16-2010, 03:26 PM   #5 
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The biggest change I made was removing the corys from his tank...I thought he'd be happier.
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Old 07-16-2010, 03:59 PM   #6 
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Although it's not Fin Rot, I suggest you move him back to the 1/2 gallon, and fill it all the way with warm dechlorinated water. What you can do to help heal his fins is to add 1/2 teaspoon of Aquarium salt to the 1/2 gallon twice a day for 5 days. His fins may not have completely healed up by the fifth day, but they will show some improvement. However, if they seem to not be showing any improvement or they get worse, continue treatment for 3 more days.

If you can, I would also do a large water change (80-100% depending on the last water change) on the main tank.

He really is a beautiful fish, I wish you two luck!!!

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Thanks, I did a 80-90% on his main tank yesterday and added salt. His fins look a tiny bit better already. I think I will do the same once again today.
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Old 07-16-2010, 04:09 PM   #8 
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No problem,

Oh! I almost forgot something! I have heard that pellets very high in protein will promote fin growth and color restorement!!! Believe it or not, IT'S TRUE!!!!!!:)

Again, Good Luck and Update soon!!!
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He is on Omega one pellets, really good food :D
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Old 07-16-2010, 04:15 PM   #10 
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When I first got him he had no red to his fins.
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