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Old 11-20-2010, 08:30 PM   #1 
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Question Tail biting?

My veiltail keeps biting his tail! It may be from stress, I just put a filter in his tank and now he hangs out among his silk plants even though the filter doesn't make current but it does make bubbles...

Could anything else be the problem? I do 50% water changes twice a week and 100% once a month. The lighting isn't harsh AT ALL, he doesn't even have a light. He doesn't usually chase his reflection so that's not causing it. How do I stop this and what do you think the cause is??
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Old 11-21-2010, 02:55 AM   #2 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 82 - 86 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? yes
Is your tank heated? no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? biogold pellets and blood worms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets twice daily, or 2 pellets in morning and 2 blood worms at night

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? 2X weekly 50% 1X monthly 100%
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50% - 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Aquasafe

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH: 7.6
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? tail has small rounded chunks missing
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? hides in plants more
When did you start noticing the symptoms? a few days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximatly)? between 3 months and 1 year
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:54 AM   #3 
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Try upping your water changes to start with. How strong is the filter, does he have any trouble swimming if it has a filter?
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Old 11-21-2010, 02:51 PM   #4 
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Is your tank cycled? And I agree with JK, if it is tail biting, more frequent water changes will prevent infections and other such nasty stuff.

I tried a filter in my 2.5, and my fish hated it, even though it just made bubbles he really didn't like it. The bubbles were small, but they were still enough to make it difficult to swim, and he hid in the plants all day. Really freaked him out. So I just had to go back to 100% water changes every 2-3 days and remove the filter.
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Old 11-21-2010, 03:45 PM   #5 
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Your fish may also be bored. Try placing different items around your tank daily and every time you do a water change try shifting the decor and if you have plastic plants move those to.

My fish i a tail biter and i just got him to stop a week ago.
I bought another piece of decor for him and every time i do a water change i switch it up a bit.
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:01 PM   #6 
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I'm probably one of the worlds slowest water changers, the 100% took almost 2 hour for me last time but I'll start doing it more if that's the problem. 50% 1X a week and 100% 1X a week sound fine? His filter just makes bubbles but I'll try leaving it off for a little while to see if that helps. I'm going to be getting a java fern soon, so he wont be bored (and because it's good for him!)
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:09 PM   #7 
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that definately sounds better :)

To speed up the process, if you aren't already doing so you might want to use a siphon. You can make yourself one by buying those air lines for aquariums for a few dollars.
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:11 PM   #8 
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NVM everyone... it's FIN ROT now!! His fins are becomeing very spiky and melting away... how fun. -.-

How do I treat this?

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Old 11-22-2010, 09:45 AM   #9 
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Be careful before you dismiss it as fin rot, if by "melting away" you mean slightly transparent and whitish it could actually be regrowth. COmpare what you see to the pics of my boy in my album. He recently bit his tail pretty bad and it is regrowing.

Fin rot usually shows as dark crusty/fuzzy looking stuff on the edges of the fins, but not always.

Either way the best treatment is a little aquarium salt and frequent water changes. If you're sure it's fin rot you can do a round of Maracyn and Maracyn II.
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Old 11-24-2010, 03:53 PM   #10 
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Fin rot and tail biting can typically be prevented and fixed with plenty of clean water.

If you have aquarium salt, that'll help :)
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