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Old 11-14-2010, 10:08 PM   #11 
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also, is there anything I can put inside the tank daily?
I have considered putting in very well cleaned
childrens toys but I don't know If itwould affect the water
parameters or not....

any advice would be appreciated
( tail biting or decor)

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Old 11-15-2010, 11:58 AM   #12 
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I know someone on here uses kids toys for deco in the tank or maybe pet toys, either way the plastic has to be non -toxic since small children and animals usually put these in their mouths,etc so if its safe for a toddler then I'm sure it would be ok for a fish
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:04 PM   #13 
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In a five gallon, you might want to up your w/c to 50% twice a week, and gravel vaccing with one of those and one 100% water change once a month.

If after a while he still doesn't stop tail biting, you might want to consider moving him to a high traffic area in your house like a family room or kitchen so something or another would be happening for him to watch :)
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Old 11-15-2010, 04:27 PM   #14 
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ITS GETTING WORSE!!!!
I need anything to stop him biting his tail!!!!! I put some decorative rocks he has had before and a bouncy ball in his tank and now look at what has happened still!!!!!

Again i am sorry for the size of the photo but i am still learning lots about computers.
also i am sorry about the quality of the photo. Do you know how hard it is to photograph this fish!?!?!
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Old 11-15-2010, 04:51 PM   #15 
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I know bettas that bite their tails drive their owners insane, but he'll stop before it gets too short, and it'll grow back. Are you making him flare? Are you increasing water changes? have you tried putting different things around his tank? These things take patience and a lot of time, but hopefully he'll stop tail biting. It took my betta a looooong time before he quit, I'm not sure what I did right, but after a while he stopped and then his tail grew pretty again. I'm not sure if you noticed, but my avatar was him after he stopped tail biting and his tail was halfway healed.

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Old 11-15-2010, 05:34 PM   #16 
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okay, i will take your word for it.

Would a bubbler work or something?
I just hate seeing his tail like this. It makes me feel like im not doing enough to keep him happy in that six sided tank of boredom...
And yes i am letting him flare.
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Old 11-15-2010, 05:49 PM   #17 
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I'm not sure, I've never tried an airstone before. If you decide to do that, make sure you monitor how much it bubbles. Some airstones will cause too much water movement and need to have a knot tied in the airline.

Yeah, seeing their tails slowly get shredded does suck, but if you keep up with water changes, flaring, etc you'll start to see new tail growth hopefully soon :)
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:27 PM   #18 
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gah!!!! I hate being patient, but wouldn't eating your tail be
I dunno, gross?
at petsmart the worker told me that fish wouldn't purposely hurt
themselves. well petsmart has being wrong many times before....
sorry I sound really rude there
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:00 PM   #19 
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you should deffinetly get on top of those water changes! my guy had a tail-biting attack last week, i woke up to find his tail in stings turned out the water quality had gotten insanely horrible (i feel really bad). i've been doing wcs every day to every other day since last thurs and he has been healing up (but idk if it'll ever get back to how pretty it was. see him in my avatar, it was really nice. now its soooo depressing T_T). try doing more wcs and see if that helps. i really hope he stops!!! good luck!
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:13 PM   #20 
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okay I will set out water tonight to see if water
changes help.
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