Originally Posted by deb_unlimited
Okay, I'm definitely naming my red hm betta Elmo! Guess the blue one becomes Grover...LOL!!! I have a couple funny/sick fish stories. I bought a 30 gallon tank off of Craig's List and it came with one live parrot cichlid, which went to the pet store. The tank was too small for it. Fast forward a month...I'm sorting through some of the stuff that came with the tank, (which is still not set up, reworking the stand) and I picked up a large resin bridge ornament. It rattled so I shook it some more and out fell a very dried up cichlid. I bet the seller is still wondering whatever happened to that other fish!
Story #2 - Had a 10 gallon community tank for a short time when I was a kid. Parents set it up, didn't have a clue, had one of those useless corner filters, colored gravel, plastic plants, way overstocked. Fish died, angel fish developed ich. The book said they would recover quicker in warmer hospital tank. Being just a kid, I put sick fish in fishbowl on the plate warmer...needless to say, we had fish stew...OMG!!! I still have nightmares...
Lol, sounds like my daughter- she's 7- I had a baby betta that was refusing to eat and showing signs bacterial infection. I was setting up a 1g bowl with a 15W heater and she asked me why, I had already taken it out of the nursery tank and put it in one of those plastic betta containers you get from petco. I told her I needed to warm up the water so the baby (still too young to identify sex but I have a feeling it's female) can heal. I got up from plugging the heater into the wall and went to reach for the container and it was gone... Luckily I got down to the kitchen in time, lol, my daughter was about to put it in the microwave for 25 seconds. Regardless, everything is fine on that front, and the baby is starting to take flake food and small pieces of blood worm (frozen, not freeze dried, don't go postal on me).
In an update on my 40g community betta tank- there are now only 3 female betta and the male (I thought I saw a couple of my otos inside my lava rock, picked up the rock and they were no longer there or anywhere I could see). This is another one that is a mystery to me.... I did my normal weekly water change (30%) and tested and monitored for a couple hours- who am I kidding, I zoned out watching my raspbora, lol- everything seemed fine, I gave them a treat of Daphnia and went to bed. Woke up and did my rounds (first water change out of the day on my holders under 10g and water tested on all tanks). Everything was fine. Noon time rolls around so it's time to do water testing (I'm a recluse and have no life, I know). My 40g is the last I check. I look in the tank and 2 of my raspbora were floating, well they were missing their fins, their bellies and their eyes, and the other 2 were in the same shape stuck to the filter along with 2 oto heads, a third lay upside down on top of my pleco- I was astonished, my pleco NEVER shows his face, I thought he was 6 inches, well he may have been 6 months ago, but he was over a foot long!! On closer inspection he was dead as well, missing his mouth, of all things. I immediately emptied 75% of the water and replaced it. I tested the old water and my readings- tiny itty bitty trace of ammonia, to be expected after that happening, but everything was normal.... My betta are fine, no signs of problems or any stress, but 1 of the females and the male are a little on the chubby side and pooping constantly. I have tested the water about 10 times since then and everything is normal... These fish have been together for almost a year!! This is absolutely baffling to me!! What the heck happened??? (Using an API freshwater master test) Does anyone have an alternative explanation other than pure carnage? I'm posting a separate thread this issue because it happened today, respond on that one please. Thanks for reading!!