Sorry for the sudden disappearance (if anyone even noticed). A lot of things have happened. A lot of deaths. I no longer have bettas and right now, I’m downsizing my 20 gallon and setting up the 10 gallon. The lone survivors are three cory cats, one dwarf gourami, and a handful of shrimp. I’ll figure out permanent placements later (I know cories need 6+ and that 10 gallons is too small for them). For now, I hope it’s okay.
This little lady was sold to me as a “ghost shrimp”. She started out clear, but slowly began gaining colors and stripes. As far as I can tell, she doesn’t look very ghostly.
Arizona took a downward turn over night. He wasn’t swimming or responsive. His colors washed out entirely and his fins were shredded. I don’t know how this happened since I know for a fact nothing in his tank could have torn apart his fins. Besides that, he was floating at the surface, barely breathing. I’m pretty sure he’s dying. What’s even weirder is the guppy is perfectly fine, as are the otos.
I’m going to check the water parameters soon. I just don’t know what’s going on.
Jaxal unexpectedly died today. He wasn’t showing any signs of sickness other than the occasional stress stripes. He ate earlier and was swimming around. I had no idea what to when I saw him at the bottom other than scoop everyone else into various jars and tupperware containers. I hope it wasn’t…
Salt first, I think. What did the fish look like? Any visible changes to the body?
Also, heads up for a mini cycle because of the filter cleaning!
The fish that are still alive look healthy. The otos are pale and slightly yellow because they’re stressed, but other than that, no bloating, no spots, no fungus…nothing!
And thanks for the heads up. I’ll be monitoring the water. It’s a planted tank, and my stocking level is pretty low, so hopefully I can ride this cycle out without stressing my fish out too much more.
Jaxal unexpectedly died today. He wasn’t showing any signs of sickness other than the occasional stress stripes. He ate earlier and was swimming around. I had no idea what to when I saw him at the bottom other than scoop everyone else into various jars and tupperware containers. I hope it wasn’t anything contagious.
I have Arizona and the otos in the bucket right now. I did an 80% water change on the tank, took out all the decorations and plants, and also scrubbed the filters spotless. I found the remains of one of my snails lodged in the filter….cleaning up shredded snail gunk out of the propeller wasn’t fun… Could that have caused Jaxal’s death? I checked my water and everything checked out okay. Nitrates were a tad high, but nothing toxic. :C
I feel terrible that this happened. Should I treat everyone else with tetracycline or salt to make sure they don’t succumb to whatever it was as well?
Cleared out the jungle of plants and rescaped the betta tank. In Arizona’s side, on the left, is a lone guppy. My friend brought him over because his other fish died and he didn’t want something to happen to the little guy. Not sure what to do with him since the only other guppy I have current is female, a juvenile, and hanging out in the 2.6 gal with my female betta. Maybe, once my brother’s tank is cycled, I’ll see if he wants the little guy.
A friend suggested putting a betta in the new 10 gal, buuuut I don’t think that’d be a good idea? Especially because the little female guppy would probably get harassed to death :/
I am thinking of getting a small algea eater, like a pleco. But it would have to be a species that stays pretty small because the tank is only 10 gallons and I’m not ever going to be able to house something that requires over 20 gallons -_- no space and no money, lol.
I’m 90% sure any species of pleco is going to outgrow a 20 gallon. If you want algae-eaters that stay pretty small, consider otos. The only thing is they do best in groups but they only get ~2” long.