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Old 02-02-2011, 10:29 PM   #1 
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This isn't good

well, the pictures say the most. more than half of charlie tail is missing?!?!?!
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:48 PM   #2 
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They pictures are too blurry for me to be 100% sure, but he could be tail-biting. There are no dark edges visible to me so I highly doubt it is fin rot. Also, I see you have a betta log. I have never had one, but I heard that after a while they can get rough. Do the panty hose test on them.



Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

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

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:48 PM   #3 
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sorry about the quality, my good camera is being borrowed.... and the size. i tried to re size it but it didn't work
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:52 PM   #4 
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Housing
What size is your tank?5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 89 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? nopers
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? nye
Is your tank heated? of course!
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? HBH flakes and Top fin pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 times daily with one day of fasting

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?once a week 75%
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 75%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Conditioner

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

Ammonia
Nitrite
Nitrate
pH
Hardness
Alkalinity: x

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Tail is practically gone
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? x
When did you start noticing the symptoms? today February 2nd
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? None ( considering salt)
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Slight fin rot
How old is your fish (approximately)? um mm, bought him from pet land in October. Is relatively young
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:01 PM   #5 
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I would suggest turning the temperature down to 78 degrees. Also, you need to be doing at least 2-3 weekly water changes of 50%.
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:07 PM   #6 
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whoooa 89 is way too warm for him!!
78-81 is warm enough
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:16 AM   #7 
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Def. looks like tail biting. I had a problem with my veil tail doing that. Just do lots of water changes and get the temp cooler.
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:19 PM   #8 
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Definitely looks like tailbiting! He might be bored.

Add more decorations or move around what's there to give him a bit of stimulation, show him a mirror for a short time everyday. You can also stick something in there for him to build a bubble nest around/under. Like a plastic drink lid or the lid from his betta cup if you still have it.

If your tank is cycled, I think your water change schedule is fine... although it might not hurt to spread it out to 2 50% changes per week.

If not cycled, then you should probably do 50% 3-4 times a week until it is cycled. That's over kill, IMO, but if he's tailbiting it might also help that.

Good luck! Don't tear your hair out too much.
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Old 02-03-2011, 05:23 PM   #9 
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sorry that should say 78 degrees!!! opps!
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:35 PM   #10 
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its getting worse!!! now it more than half gone!!!!!! Help? any of the regular tail-biting tips don't work!!!!
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