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Welcome to my journal! I have had many bettas over the years. Of course I didn't know what I was doing when I was younger and the fish were probably suffering from cold and not enough cleaning. Fast forward to today were I currently have Phil, a VT male, and Ruby, a CT female.

Both live in heated, filtered 5 gallon tanks. Phil is my chronic fin biter. He only bites if I skip a meal, so fasting is not an option for him at all. His tail is looking better. Until the next time I go out of town.

Ruby is lovely. She's active and always exploring. She's also a scavenger. If a pellet drops I know she'll find it. Unlike her brother who lounges around and lets food float by.

Enjoy a couple of pics! Sunday is water change day.
 

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Fin biter

More pictures of Phil.

"I swear if you bite your tail one more time...."

In the second photo, his tail is starting to grow back Until he takes another chunk out. Sigh.
 

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Gorgeous fishes! Ahh, the frustrations of a tail biter, I have 3 so don't feel bad. I LOVE wc day, I'm always redoing the tank decor! Can't wait to see more!
 

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This fish . . .

Remember a couple weeks ago when I said Phil's fin was regrowing? Well as per usual, he took another chunk out. I still really feel like this is a hinger issue. Sometimes he gets dinner late because I'm busy. Maybe I'll try to put him on a set food schedule.

Other fin biting triggers I've tried: moving him to a bigger tank, never rearranging his tank because one time I did and he flipped out and started chasing his tail. I might get some black construction paper for the sides of his tank. He glass surfes a lot. I wonder if there's anything else I'm missing.

I also noticed a hole in his fin. Not sure what that is. He has silk plants in his tank, a clay pot and a castle. Nothing that seems like it could damage him.
 

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Thanks, Dangerous. Tail biters are the worse. I've never had one before. When I got Phil I started reading this forum and though how lucky I was that he wasn't a biter and switched to pellets no problem. A month later it started.
 

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No problem. They are! But the regrowth is always a rewarding thing! Unfortunately Dangerous started as his way of letting me know something was wrong. Hopefully regrowth will start showing soon and he won't keep it up. Go see my journal for the full story. :)
 

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Hopefully he doesn't keep it up. Every time I think Phil has stopped he starts again. Repeats "I've made my peace with this."
 

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Filtering tank water

This weekend I started using a Britta filter to filter my drinking water. I opted to use filtered water for the tanks as well. I bought Seachem Replenish to re-mineralize the water. Everyone seems happy and healthy. I'm hoping to avoid the fluctuations that come with city water.
 

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More biting

Sigh, Phil is still biting. Yesterday was water change day. I took out a little castle which I thought might be causing some water quality issues. He didn't seem too impressed. He did use it although not often.

For about a month I've noticed white flake things in Phil's tank. I think they were coming off one of the plants, which was also removed yesterday.

Next time I go to Petco I'll get him another plant. I want to try something like water sprite I think.

And because I feel like all I do is talk about my problem child, I'll post pics of Ruby soon. She is so low maintenance compared to Phillip.
 

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Remember a couple weeks ago when I said Phil's fin was regrowing? Well as per usual, he took another chunk out. I still really feel like this is a hinger issue. Sometimes he gets dinner late because I'm busy. Maybe I'll try to put him on a set food schedule.

Other fin biting triggers I've tried: moving him to a bigger tank, never rearranging his tank because one time I did and he flipped out and started chasing his tail. I might get some black construction paper for the sides of his tank. He glass surfes a lot. I wonder if there's anything else I'm missing.

I also noticed a hole in his fin. Not sure what that is. He has silk plants in his tank, a clay pot and a castle. Nothing that seems like it could damage him.
I noticed something in your picture that might possibly have caused the hole in his fin. At the centre of a lot of silk plants are sharp spiky green bits. They are what hold the leaf to the stem. My silk plants have them too so I simply took my scissors and snipped the sharp spiky part off-- far enough down so they aren't sharp, but not so much that the leaves come off.
Just a thought...
 

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I had looked at those suspiciously at first but let it go in favor of him being a biter. I'll try to cut them off as you suggested. He also glass surfs. A lot. I tried putting white paper on the tank and that didn't work. I've been meaning to buy some black construction paper and try that.
 

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It's a betta staring at his reflection, often swimming back and forth. Phil just hangs on one side. He doesn't flare, do I didn't think he was stressed by seeing his reflection.
 

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Yeah I didn't think it was a big deal. But maybe it's stressing him out? I'm just trying to resolve any possible tail biting causes.
 

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Phil is a surfer. Although he seems to flare more now than he used to.
 

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Made it out without another betta.

I went to Petsmart and Petco today looking for Prine. I'm almost out. Also looked at plants but I think I'll hold off until I find a sale. Note to self: Prime is cheaper at Petsmart.

I made it out without getting another fish. A red ans white ct really tugged at my heart though. The last thing I need is another tank. I have a spare 2 gallon but I suppose that should be a qt tank. Plus I really enjoy having my fish in something bigger. Petco also had the most beautiful butterflies there. Their fin type wasn't identified, just their coloring. They were charging $15 for the butterflies and $8 for the ct. Sigh.
 

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Away

This weekend I'm house-sitting for a friend. It's noy far but I'll only be able to stop at my apartment after work to feed the fish and water thw plants. I hope Phil doesn't bite more. He doesn't do well skipping meals. Also I miss them....
 
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