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My little boy, Lafayette, is a tail biter and it's taken me a very long time to come to this conclusion.

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The moment I knew his issue was something beyond the realm of fin rot or snagging was when I was on vacation and left him in the care of my best friend. Around the time I left for vacation he had been having a biting episode, though I didn't know that that's what it
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was until much later. So, I left my friend instructions on how to give him betta fix- which I do not use today after reading a startling amount of comments about the medication's harm to the labyrinth organ. I thought, since he was being medicated, his condition should improve while I was away. Plus, my best fr
iend was also a betta parent so I wasn't too concerned with any rookie mistakes on her part.

But I was wrong.

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His condition did not improve. Regardless of the drugs, my friend had to send me pictures everyday showing that his tail was developing hole and then spitting. Needless to say, I was exasperated. At this point I'd tried meds, AQ salt, filtered water, non filtered water, and countless water changes. So, why was this happening?

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After changing his water yet again, I started researching every other betta ailment I hadn't already thought it could be. Dropsy? No. Ich? No. Tail biting? I hadn't even heard of this until then.
I'd been looking at sicknesses, not self-inflictions. So, this was a new idea. I began to research what causes tail biting and, more importantly, how to stop it.

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Anyone who has a biter knows that it is one of the worst things to struggle with because there's so little information to be found about it. I moved his tank decorations around often to make sure he wasn't bored, as I was told that that could be a cause. No change. I turned off his filter in case it was too strong. No change. I added some silk plants so he could hide or rest his heavy fins to reduce stress. I got excited because this helped for a little while but then he started biting again.

At this point I'd been driven to tears, as I'm sure many fish parents of biters are. His beautiful caudal fin was rapidly turning into ugly strings. The only pattern I found, in all this madness, was that I never SAW him biting during the day. It was always the in the morning when I would see the aftermath of a biting episode.

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I decided to try one last thing. I noticed that when I would put him in a small container during water changes that he would calm down after a while. So, one night I put him in that container with a betta leaf, floated it in his tank to keep the temperature the same, and left him like that for the night. At this point his episodes were so frequent that when I checked on him in the morning and his tail hadn't worsened I was very excited.

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For four weeks now I've been "putting him in time out" at night and -so far- he's stopped biting. It's going to take a while to grow back, but I can already see a some regrowth. I know four weeks isn't a lot, but it's long time for my boy to go without biting when it use to be daily (or I suppose nightly) episodes of biting! I don't know if this method will work for everyone, especially if your betta bites during the day in which case I don't know how to combat that. I just want to help anyone and their fishies that are struggle with this same issue. Please tell me if if this works for any of you!

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(Right now I can't get the pictures to upload, any help with this would be great. I'll work on it more using my computer tomorrow)
 
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