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Old 12-14-2010, 03:55 PM   #1 
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What Color? Is he a tailbiter or is it fin rot?

What color is Artie? I just noticed his tail looks like he has either bitten some of it off, or he has fin rot. Which do you think it is?
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Old 12-14-2010, 04:25 PM   #2 
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Fin rot usually takes place after a fin is damaged. It seems like his tail got either bitten or damages from surroundings, it looks like their hasn't been any rot yet but I would start treating him a soon as possible so he doesn't get it. Jose had a bitting incident some time ago and I did a 1tbs epson salt per gallon treatment everyday and changed out his water everyday. His fins grew back but he damaged them so bad that they grew back weird. I would highly recommend oldladyfish's advice.
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Old 12-14-2010, 04:38 PM   #3 
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He looks like a tailbiter to me. BUT it also looks like it's growing back quickly. As for colour .... multicolour cambodian? He's very lovely <3
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Old 12-14-2010, 04:40 PM   #4 
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He looks like a tailbiter to me. BUT it also looks like it's growing back quickly. As for colour .... multicolour cambodian? He's very lovely <3
Thanks. I was thinking cambodian as well, but he has a few random light blue scales on his body as well... so I wasn't sure
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Old 12-14-2010, 07:04 PM   #5 
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Keep his water clean and treat with aquarium salt or epsom salt (1 tsp/gallon) He's beautiful, He might be considered a marble, or a multi
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Old 12-15-2010, 07:37 AM   #6 
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Ok, so other then aquarium salt, what can I do to keep him from biting his tail more?
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Old 12-15-2010, 07:45 AM   #7 
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Tailbiting is like biting your fingernails, so bettas will do it out of boredom, habit, stress ... whatever. Sometimes the food is the cause, other times they don't like the decor -- it's just very difficult to pinpoint what the problem is. So on that note what you could do is move his decor around, play with him, feed him different foods, and whatever else keeps his attention away from his tail. There's no guarantee he won't do it again though.
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