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Old 03-14-2012, 11:52 AM   #1 
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Exclamation Tail bitter!!!!!

Recently Sniper has had some ripped fins, so I purchased some silk plants and got rid of the plastic one causing the problem. Well, after he ripped them he got all funny. He is sooo skittish! He never used to act that way, and now he won't eat, and today I was inspecting his tail, and it looks like he had been bitting it! He runs from his own reflection when he used to flare at me all the time in an instant! What do I do? Now...I have recently purchased another male betta, which he could see. But now I've moved him so he probably can't see him...unless they have good eyesight. I heard once that fish can see like 1 foot in front of them or something to that effect. I'm kinda scarred since he won't eat. Not even his bloodworms!!!
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:00 PM   #2 
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cover his tank with a black t-shirt. i had a female who was so skittish, but covering three walls of her tank with a black t-shirt calmed her down.

how many plants are in the tank? some bettas like more, some like less.
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:26 PM   #3 
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I have three in there now.
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:40 PM   #4 
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and how big is his tank?
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:42 PM   #5 
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one gallon
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:53 PM   #6 
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i am wondering if his fins get infected from biting. How is his fins. Is has any white cottony or fuzzy stuff on his tail?

How big is his tank and how often and how much water do you change?

One of my betta also tail biter but his tail grow really fast. I do a lot of water changes though.... For my 2.5 gall i do 1-50% and 1-100% water changes.

Also i think they need more distractions. More plants, or ''toys'' such as a bottle cap lid, or ping pong ball...I have huge plant in his tank and as soon as i took it off (it was rotten) the same day he bit his tail.

Sorry posted at the same time :)

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Old 03-14-2012, 01:43 PM   #7 
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His fins are fine in the sense that there is not fuzzy or cottony stuff on them - they're just jagged. I change his 50% of his water once every two weeks (which has been fine up until now). I can try more distractions, but why did this come on so suddenly? I wonder if it is the other betta I got.
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For 1 gall 50% water change every two week not enough...For 1 gall you need to do 1-50% 1-100% water change a week. When did you change his 50%? I recommending to do 100% right now and see it will perk him up. Make sure new water the same temp +-2* as he already in.
If he still lethargic i would recommend to do aquarium salt treatment, unless someone will recommend something else. Give us update.

Also for your other betta you will also need more frequent water changes or it can get sick. How big is his tank?

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Old 03-14-2012, 02:25 PM   #9 
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His is a one gallon as well, but he is definitely more peppy right now. I'll keep u posted. Thanks 4 your advise.
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Definitely more water changes for 1 gall :) 1-50% and 1-100% a week.
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