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Old 03-28-2011, 03:16 PM   #11 
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If the fin around the rays is missing it definitely sounds like biting. My guy is a chronic tailbiter. I did everything I could to try to destress him. Then I thought maybe it was boredom and did everything I could to keep him from being bored. I tried a smaller tank, tried a bigger tank, rearranged his decor, changed his decor, left him alone with no light and towels wrapping his tank for several days, turned off the filter, turned on the filter, got a new filter, fed garlic-soaked pellets in case he had parasites, let him see my female for a few minutes so he could flare, floated a ping pong ball in his tank...nothing helped. It's so frustrating! He seems to never stop biting. For now I'm just keeping on top of regular water changes (with an additional one per week) to prevent infection, he'd be in a salt treatment permanently otherwise, because he just doesn't stop! But I'm definitely afraid of infection/fin rot since he always has exposed, injured fins.
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Old 03-28-2011, 05:23 PM   #12 
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Sounds fabulous. >.< I'm a good fishy momma, I'm committed to this for the rest of his life. I'll do whatever it takes.

Update on his fins:

I've been afraid to let him flare since I don't want to tear his fins any more. This is the best that I could get without letting him flare.

Edit: The white thing at the top is his styrofoam thing that my friend gave him. He blew a small bubble nest under it, and this is a betta that almost NEVER blows bubble nests!
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