My perpetual motion machine veiltail has done it again. He was fine yesterday, but when I looked in the tank today something looked off about his tail. When he finally moved enough for me to get a good look, I saw there was a tear down the middle of his tail. Not sure how he managed that with only silk plant and a leaf hammock, but he did. Treatment options?
He lives in a divided 5.5 gallon as of Sunday with my crowntail on the other side. His side has a Whisper 10i filter and the heater. Temperature is steady at 80F. There is no aeration.
He is fed 5 pellets/ day (2 morning and 3 evening) with occasional frozen bloodworms. He gets a fast once a week. As they are new to the tank, I have been using a turkey baster to get rid of waste, and I have not yet done a water change. The first 50% water change was planned for either later today or tomorrow. I will be using Stress Coat as the water conditioner.
His behavior is unchanged. I have not started any treatment. He had a minor case of tail biting when he was in the 1/2 gallon, but that stopped when I took the plastic plant out. I got him from the pet store just over 2 months ago and he was a bit on the smaller size so he might be on the younger side of when they get shipped.
The first picture shows his side of the tank with him curled up on the hammock. The second shows how his tail is torn.