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Jenalee
03-31-2014, 04:26 PM
So I noticed yesterday that my betta is having some tail issues. His previously gorgeous tail is looking horrible. I am trying to decided if they are rips or bites. At first I thought he may be ripping them on a plastic plant we have that he loves to hide under. I took the plant out last night. Upon further research, however, I am wondering if these are bites? Thoughts? My game plan if they are rips is to remove the plant for good and keep the water really clean for healing. No plan for meds right now.

But, if they are bites what should I be doing? Thanks.

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mommy1
03-31-2014, 04:53 PM
If they are ripped then keeping the water clean will be fine.

If they are nipped you have to determine who is doing the nipping. I doubt it is the neons I see in the picture. Are there other fish in the tank besides the betta and neons? If a another fish is nipping then either the betta or the nipping fish should be removed.

He could be biting his own fins. Betta will do this when they are bored or stressed.

One last thing comes to mind and that is if a fish isn't getting the right nutrition fins will separate. Make sure you are feeding him a quality diet.

Jenalee
03-31-2014, 05:47 PM
He gets Omega 1 flakes Monday through Friday and bloodworms on the weekends. I don't think it is anyone else in the tank nipping him. If anything, I think he may be doing it to himself. The only thing we have besides neons and black neons is a bn pleco. I did see the pleco following him around when he was first in the tank but Max just quickly swims away now if he gets anywhere near him. I haven't noticed any contact or aggression since then and that was a few weeks ago.

The red plant in the picture is the culprit that may be ripping and is no longer in the tank. I guess I will watch him and see if it continues to get worse with the plant being gone.

serbusfish
04-03-2014, 10:59 PM
He gets Omega 1 flakes Monday through Friday and bloodworms on the weekends. I don't think it is anyone else in the tank nipping him. If anything, I think he may be doing it to himself. The only thing we have besides neons and black neons is a bn pleco. I did see the pleco following him around when he was first in the tank but Max just quickly swims away now if he gets anywhere near him. I haven't noticed any contact or aggression since then and that was a few weeks ago.

The red plant in the picture is the culprit that may be ripping and is no longer in the tank. I guess I will watch him and see if it continues to get worse with the plant being gone.

I wouldnt have any plastic plants with a betta, I learnt that the hard way with mine. I thought he was being nipped but his tail damage was all down to the plants. Now my bettas are kept in tanks with live plants only.

Also ive been told bloodworms arent good for bettas as they have trouble digesting them. Dont know how accurate that is. I feed mine Hikari betta pellets.