I have a halfmoon with amazing fins who I got about two weeks ago. He adjusted to his new home just fine and has been perfectly happy since then-- following fingers, nomming on his food, even building a nest here and there.
Last night I noticed he'd taken two small crescents out of his tail-- nothing too serious, but a bit confusing. Nothing in his environment has changed: his water sits at a constant 78, he has several plants which he loves to hide in, he's been perfectly happy and curious. What gives?
Went to bed; nothing had changed the next morning, nor had it changed when I came home from school. Within two hours of that, however, he had-- for some inexplicable reason-- SHREDDED his back fin. Twenty minutes later, while doing another betta's water change, I noticed he'd started taking more chunks off and was chasing his tail. He'd also begun flaring at nothing in particular.
This has all happened very suddenly and I am at a LOSS-- nothing about his environment has changed. Concerned that maybe he was being stressed by traffic in the area of the house he's in, I moved his tank to a quieter spot and put a towel underneath it. He's incredibly stressed: the swimming-in-circles hasn't stopped, and I'm worried he's going to take off his entire tail.
I know it's impossible to determine the cause, but I need to know what I can do to calm him down-- like RIGHT NOW, before his beautiful halfmoon self turns into a delta. Advice?