Sorry it took so long to reply. Finals have been kicking my butt this week. Thanks for checking out my post oldfishlady. I know everyone in the forum really respects your expertise.
It is really sad. I don't know how to fix this problem.
The edges to his fins have always been white. There is significant white on his anal fin that I am pretty positive is new growth. I don't believe there is anything in his tank that could damage his fins. All silk plants + a little bridge for him to hide under.
I don't have the filter baffled. It didn't seem like it bothered him that much. I always try to put the big plants under the filter to break up the current somewhat. I'll try the poly fill idea. I guess there is no reason to use the biowheel anywayz if the tank isn't cycled. Although I did take out the filter for a week and there didn't seem to be any improvement. I tried to cycle the tank w/ ammonia (pure ammonia) when I first got the tank, but after 2 weeks my numbers were way off. They weren't following the normal cycle pattern... since he was in a little bowl I opted to scrap the cycling and just put him in the tank.
Yeah the little mirror is only in there for a couple minutes for him. I leave it in alot longer for my other fish (which is a confirmed tail-biter... I caught him in the act), because I think he bites his tail because he is bored.
So you think I should add a 50% water change say mid-week in addition to the 100% I do once a week?
Where can I find the indian almond leaf?? I think I only saw it on aquabid.
How big could a quarantine container be?? I just have his 1 gallon bowl, but it's too big to float in the eclipse (that stupid piece of plastic down the middle is such a pain.) You're right... that sounds like a much easier way to do the water changes. I have a bunch of one gallon jugs I use to keep their water in.
.... ewww... live foods... when I first got Godric he wouldn't eat... took a week, but theres a transhipper down the street from me who gave me some live bloodworms to try and coax him to eat. I bought Godric from him so I suspected that in Thailand where he came from he got all live food. He LOVED the worms... he ate right away after that. Problem is the worms make me want to vomit.... and I didn't want to keep them in my fridge with all my food cuz they smelled BAD. Is there any kind of other live food that you suggest?? I don't think I can deal with those again. I give him pellets, freeze dried blood worms and frozen brine shrimp. Maybe I'll start feeding him the shrimp every other day instead of once a week.
I have a 10w marineland heater in there so the temperature is suppose to stay @ 78 degrees. Unfortunately it never seems to stay constant and varies, but never gets too cold.
I tried covering his tank with a towel thinking maybe it would calm him down. He swims around quite a bit at night when the light is on. I am pretty sure he is biting his fins. he swims in circles and his tail kind of hits him in the face.
Thanks for all your help! I don't trust the pet store people -_-