Betta Tail Biting

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by Cool Ranch, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. Cool Ranch

    Cool RanchNew MemberMember

    My betta is a half-moon betta and lately I've been noticing his tail was dissapearing in "chunks". I did some research and assumed he was biting himself. I treated him with some medication to fight off infections and change his water at least once a week. I just want some suggestions on how to get him to stop biting and how to repair his tail.

    Tank size- 2.5 gal.
    Decor- 1 marimo moss and malasiya red aquatic plant (no gravel)
    Meds- Betta-fix by API
    Filter- Whisper In-take Filter 3i

    If you need any more details about the tank or my betta please ask! :)
  2. hollie1505

    hollie1505Well Known MemberMember

    Hi :) Welcome!

    I have a few questions for you. What are your current readings for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate? It will show if your tank is cycled or if you are having trouble with a parameter. High ammonia levels can burn fish.

    How long have you had him?

    How often do you perform water changes? Pristine water (75+% changes daily) helps healing.

    Have you even seen him actually bite his tail?

    Do the ends appear shredded, red, grey, black? It could be a sign on fin rot.

    Do you have a photo?

  3. OP
    Cool Ranch

    Cool RanchNew MemberMember

    I don't have any readings currently because I don't have time to run to the pet store to test it. :/
    I have had him since mid-June and I have seen him attempt to bite his tail. The tail ends don't seem to be shredded but are cut inbetween the rays and seem to be missing chunks. I do about 40-60 % water changes every 3-4 days.

    Update: I have been feeding him a bit more (3-4 "pebbles" and a small flake) because I have read they bite themselves when they are hungry. I also did a 100% water change yesterday.
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    Hope this helps. :)
  4. endlercollector

    endlercollectorFishlore VIPMember

    @ Poeticinjustices and @ _Fried_Bettas_
    Do you have any advice on this tail biter?
  5. OP
    Cool Ranch

    Cool RanchNew MemberMember

    Cool Ranch, my betta, is doing much better today after some small changes. :) I just wanted to know if it is normal for my betta to flare his gills at me randomly.
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2014
  6. Amanda

    AmandaFishlore VIPMember

    Flaring is completely normal. Tail biting is a tough habit to break, sometimes putting something in the tank to entertain them stops the behavior.

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