01-31-2009, 12:18 PM
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Yesterday I caught the little bugger at it. I figured out that it's stress that causes him to do it too. So, no shrimp for him!
I just looked at the tank and noticed a little algae on the front glass. So, I very carefully stuck my toothbrush in and gently scraped it off (I'm always very careful with my fish so as not to disturb them too much when doing tank maintenance). Like 2 minutes later I looked in the tank and he was circling and trying to bite his tail! I distracted him with my finger which he thinks means food, but I don't know how to possibly put him in a lower stress environment than he is now. I mean, he's in my room which no one really goes in, I am gentle when doing water changes, the tank is cycled so he only gets about a 20% weekly change, and there's no other fish in sight. Maybe he is just neurotic!