Originally Posted by kristawelborn
well mr p passed away... he seemed like he was getting better and his fins were growing back and the night before i found him he was swimming and playing and then the next morning he was gone... i was very upset but i couldnt do anything else for him. I now have a betta that my niece named marland... he is black, turquoise, and green with a little maroon... but i think he is a tail bitter... he is in a 3 gallon that cycled for over 24 hours with declorinator and a filter with silk plants and he has two very small tank mates that are peppered corys... they get along and he is very active but his fins are ragged and they were like that when i bought him but it seems like it is getting worse is there anything i can do?
I'm sorry to hear about Mr. P's demise... he may have been too sick from lack of care at Walmart to live much longer . :(
I'm not sure about the tail biting issue. It may be a reaction to stress.
There is a bigger issue to consider, however.
Unfortunately, with a betta and two cory cats, your 3 gallon tank is very
overstocked. 2.5 gallons is about the minimum for one betta; so 3 gallons is *perfect* for one betta.
Cory cats are not reccomended for anything less than a 10 gallon tank, and should be kept in groups of three and above (they are a schooling fish).
To keep a betta and 2 cori cats healthy, they should be in no less than a 10 gallon tank. Not only will that be a much healthier enviroment, but give room for everyone to GROW (and they will).
Right now, you will need to do 100% water changes every other day in your 3 gallon to:
1. Keep the toxins from building up to deadly levels
2. Keep the water fresh enough, so the betta's fins heal/keep him from getting worse.
The overcrowding will make your betta's stress worse. If he feels too crowded, he may even kill the cori cats (I learned this the hard way, when I overstocked a 5 gallon with one betta, four cory cats, and a 4" loach).
Just trying to save you the misery of what I (and my fish) went through...