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Old 07-13-2011, 09:48 PM   #1 
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Quick question about tail biting!

Is tail biting literally only the tail? Has anyone had a betta that bit his or her bottom fin, too?
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:08 PM   #2 
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one of mine would bite it's bottom fin. Are yous starting to bite their tails? with mine I would let them flare more to distract them and it seems to be helping.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:21 PM   #3 
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It looks like Genesis has either developed finrot on just his bottom fin, or he's started biting it. But he's also got a rip going, so I don't know if he overflared (he's been flaring a lot lately) or what.
The black edge on his bottom fin is missing, though. So I thought he may have bitten it rather than developed rot.
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Old 07-14-2011, 02:36 AM   #4 
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Biting their tails, or ripping the fins can turn into fin rot because the fins are damaged already, use some aquarium salt and if it is fin rot it should start getting better (hopefully you've caught it early) and if it's tail biting, the salt should help to keep it from getting infected. Watch your guy carefully for a while(long enough that he stops paying attention to you) and see if you is biting his fins at all, it may take a few trys before you actually see him nipping at himself.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:33 AM   #5 
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My fish Flippy managed to bite his top dorsal fin somehow...along with the caudal and anal fin. Keep his water really clean and it should heal up if he doesn't bite it again. If his fin looks like it is shrinking instead of having a chunk missing then it may be finrot. If theres a rip check your aquarium decor to make sure nothing is snagging his fins...You can check by using a pair of nylon hose and rub the decor against it..If it snags then it's no good for betta fins.Sometimes bettas can over-flare and rip a fin though..I had my one betta do that once..He is a VT. He ended up looking like a double tail. haha. If that is the case then make sure his water is clean and it should heal up nicely.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:29 AM   #6 
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I have 2 tail biters and both started on their tails first and once it was trimmed down to where their anal or dorsal was about the same length, started to take those out as well >_<
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