I am the (very proud) owner of a lovely (punky) little half moon Betta named Tsuki no Ryu. Ryu has a tank mate (albino cory) named Moyashi. I love the two to death, but Ryu is making life difficult lately. I live on dorm and the last two breaks I left Ryu here under the care of suite-mates (with VERY detailed AND specific instructions - I'm a little OCD). First time I moved the tank out into the main room to make things easier on my suite-mates. When I came back my suite-mate said he refused food and shredded his fins. As soon as I came back he was back to his normal (gluttonous) self. His fins healed nicely. The second time I left, I left them in their normal spot (hoping it was all stress related). I return to hear he ate better, but AGAIN shredded his fins! His fins are healed up again, just in time for thanksgiving. This time no-one will here to keep an eye on my boys and so they will be taking the train home with me.
YET, for future issues can anyone tell me WHAT THE HECK I can do to discourage Ryu's self-mutilating tendencies?!?
He's happy and fine when I am around... The ONLY time I have trouble with fin "munching" is when I go away. He can't always travel with me. Please help.