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Hello all,

I went away for the weekend. Water change and fed my betta Friday morning, returned Sunday night to find his gills inflamed and his "breathing" very hard and rapid. (His gills are moving in and out and his mouth is opening much wider than usual in a breathing motion). Ever since I've had him I'll notice a random chunk of tail missing and all I've gathered is that he is a tail biter and nothing I've done has stopped it. I honestly think he eats his tail when he's hungry...

So when I got back from my trip tonight, at first I thought ammonia poisoning. But I'm not sure how that would be possible since I did not leave him any longer than usual without a water change and he has never had ammonia issues before. And then when I was cleaning out his tank I found chunks of his tail.. which I had never seen before. I tried to feed him but he was unable to get a pellet down, and he actually kind of puked something up? Is it possible while I was gone he was eating his tail and now has some of it stuck in his throat? Sounds really crazy but nothing is adding up to why he is acting strange.

Anyways, I've got him being treated with aquarium salt (1 tsp/ gal) and I'm actually hoping it was some freak ammonia poisoning because that's much easier to deal with than a choking fish. Any advice would be very appreciated in regards to what I should do, or also what I should do in the future with a tail biter.


I will not be able to give any water parameters as I did an immediate water change when I saw my betta after a weekend away.

Size: 2 gal
Water changes: Every other day
Temp: 78-80 degrees
 

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He passed away tonight. I believe he had ammonia poisoning, but I still have no clue how he got it. I was doing 100% changes. I think this may have been a contributor, even though all he has known with me was 100% changes for some reason the one before my trip must have been some fluke in my system :(
 
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