Lol it does. I just want to be like "NO! BAD FINN" and put a muzzle on him (As previously mentioned) I feel so bad! and I'm afraid he might get sick or something. He's a really good fish and though I've only had him for a month, I've gotten really attatched to him and him to me. I know he may "just be a fish" but he has alot of trust in me and when I'm gone for the day and I come home he does this happy dance swim thing as if he misses me. We have a good connection. :)
Freddie is my guy who is the worst tail biter and he's never gotten sick from doing it. Just make sure you always have clean water and maybe look into getting some IAL for his tank and you should be ok. Cycling the tank would really help because then your water quality would improve, giving less opportunity for infection to set in.
Yeah, I found out a couple months ago that Charlie is a tail biter, it's weird to see him do it too. He spins in circles then just nips the ends of his tail. I bought a ping pong ball, it just sits there in his tank, I don't think he's too interested.
I also do the weekly %50 water changes, use both stress coat and stress zyme, also 2 teaspoons of aquarium salt, so every time he does bite his tail, it usually heals within a couple days, then he starts biting again.
I also do the weekly changes of scenery as well as give him 3-5 minutes of mirror time. I also bought a dimmer light.
So I've pretty much got all my bases covered, and he still bites :(
Tail biting is common among long finned bettas, especially ones from pet stores. This is why many people don't breed pet store bettas. Some forms of tail biting are thought to be genetic so its best not to breed a fish that bites its tail unless you know for 100% certain that it was non-genetic factors (high filter flow, boredom, stress, etc) that caused the biting.
No i don't Kiara123. He's all on his lonesome. As for today he hasn't bitten his tail (crosses fingers) it looks like his healing. I've covered up every possible reflection on his tank...I think that's what it's been. Also I turned his light off earlier today so...that my help too. Hopefully he doesn't do it anymore. I still need to get the pingpong balls...Finn would love it since he's such a curious little fish.
This might sound like i'm atempting to be funny, but i'm not. The first male that i bought was a tailbiter, (rip scooter) i tried everything and more. Since the long fins are not natural, i determind that He just didn't like all that Junk in his trunk! it was always after it grew out that he would start biting. anyhow, good luck.
That's one of the theories.. that bettas don't like lugging around all the fin. IMO if a fish is perfectly healthy and in good form he should have no problem with long fins. That's why I think its at least partly genetic.