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Old 11-21-2011, 02:43 AM   #1 
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Uva is tail biting :(

Earlier today, at about 8 o'clock I was taking some pictures of my VT, Uva. He has such nice fins. He seemed to dislike the camera though, he was flaring every time I approached his tank. Later today, about 3 hours later I come back to my room to see his fin is completely devoured, I even saw him doing it!

He's in a filtered 5 gallon, heated at 80 degrees, lots of space to swim and hide. He seems just as happy and active as before, just now with ragged, bitten up fins.

I know I have to monitor him now to make sure he doesn't get an infection :( My 50% weekly changes have kept water quality stable. Why do they do this ?
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:37 AM   #2 
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Aggression, boredom, stress. the list goes on and on.

Maybe less camera time and more switching decorations around?
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Old 11-21-2011, 06:29 AM   #3 
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I try to not use medicine unless I have to but it seems to me stress-coat is pretty non-toxic yes? I have a red male who bit his tail pretty severe a couple of months ago and a little female I bought a week ago already had issue. Would like to use stress-coat but does a filter with charcoal negate good results?
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:30 PM   #4 
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I very rarely take pictures and I do switch up his tank decor every two weeks or so after water changes. The strange thing is that same night he made a bubble nest in the tank. I doubt he is stressed. I think it may just be heavy and is bothering him.

Any suggestions on how to heal the fins ?
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:39 AM   #5 
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Clean water and a high protein diet. Stress coat helps as well.
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:43 AM   #6 
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Would it bet better if I raised his temperature a few degrees? Right now its at about 79-80. I know that raising the temperature reduced the chance of infection.
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:44 AM   #7 
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80 is a good temperature to keep it at. I wouldn't go above 82 though.
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