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Old 08-15-2011, 09:49 PM   #1 
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Thumbs down Everyone's tailbiting!!! Help!

These are all true of the FOUR who have started tailbiting and not stopped!!!

What size is your tank? 2.5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 80
Does your tank have a filter? nah
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? nah
Is your tank heated? yeah
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? new spectrum betta pellets and sometimes bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? daily, 2 -4 pellets

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? every 3 days or so, 50% and then 100%

What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? prime

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? tail biting has left them all raggedy
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? hasnt
When did you start noticing the symptoms? a week ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? with aq salt and clean water
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? 6 months to 2 years?
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:32 AM   #2 
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I have absolutely no idea how to prevent tailbiting in the first place, or I'd write a book and make a million. All I can tell you is you're doing the right thing to prevent infection by using aquarium salt and keeping the water clean. You might also try Stress Coat as an additive to the water as it is supposed to heal fins very fast.
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:45 AM   #3 
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:( Boo. I am so sad about this.
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:50 AM   #4 
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My best suggestions are to see if there's anything causing loud noises or startling them. Also to see if maybe they're bothered by their tank lights or any other external things that could be stressing them. I've heard it's either boredom or stress that causes it. Although sometimes I think it's just that they're crazy little bettas.
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:59 AM   #5 
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My betta Pickle started tailbiting when I upgraded his tank, after going back to his QT tank he stopped, have they always done this or has something changed recently?
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:03 AM   #6 
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Well I guess a few of them got new decorations? I did upgrade some tanks so one guy was in a pot for a few days, etc, but it had started before and now everything's back to normal, but they keep doing it. My veiltail went after his tail like 3 or 4 times today, it looks worse every time I see him. I feed them twice a day and hang out in the room most of them are in. A few will soon be adopted out to their forever homes.
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:14 AM   #7 
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Maybe try breaking up their meals into three a day? *grasping at straws*
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:32 AM   #8 
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Are they all placed in the same corner or table? Since you had done some rearrangements or upgrades, may be they just didn't like your interior design skills? or it could be an outside environmental influence like noise or light or vibrations as Sakura thought? I hope you get this issue sorted out soon prior to their adoption.
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:22 PM   #9 
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Ditto to that, but what you could also try doing is arranging their directions different everyday, never feedingat the same time or the same thing (at least not twice in a row), sometimes bring a mirror (or another betta) over so they can flare, make everything in theirlives constantl changing, this way they are always busy exploring, or getting some surprise
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:26 PM   #10 
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Or you could just let them nom off their tails until they have nothing left to nom on. That puts a stop to tailbiting when they don't have any tail left. >.< These silly fish, what will we do with them? But definitely, try what earthworm and LittleBettas suggest.
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