Nicci- ADORABLE pic!!!
I had my 1st death this morning :0( s/he looked perfectly fine, and all were swimming normally when I turned the lights out last night. I bougth 12 b/c I assumed a few would not acclimate properly, but all have lived out the past 4 days but this one.
The problem is they pass so quickly w/o symptoms! The one that died w/ bloat must have bloated up in the few hours b/f s/he died; I would have noticed.
I agree with them being happy w/ lots of company. Even if one is on a plant, it's usually not too far from his buddies on the driftwood!
I put a few small algae wafers in the tank b/f lights out. this AM they were untouched; just turned to mush on the tank floor. Now, 24 hrs later, the wafers are gone. Of course, the girls could have eaten them. Jeez, I wish I had an infared camera on them during the night, and a "fish cam" on during the day.
I was thinking about growing my own algae. I also got some green algae sheets. Pet Solutions Aquatics has a "grazing block" that sounds ideal- greedy bettas can't steal it (not that they wouldn't try!) and it wouldn't muck up the tank like the wafers.
I will try the Repashy's Super Green. I want my little guys to be healthy. Funny, they aren't going anywhere near the intake netting, which is all gunked up. Being river fish, I didn't think the suction would bother them. Maybe they can't chew on the net. I could use the net to colonize more algae on some smooth stones.
4 bettas: Butch, 3-year-old violet male PK EE & 3 girls in a 30 gal sorority. I do not name the girls anymore! 1/2 of them die within a month.
30 gal: 9 Oto cats, 4 Ocellifer cats. Inverts: Cherry shrimp & 2 assasin snails.
10 gal.: Butch, his 5 oto cats, 3 assasin snails, and a few snails the assassins haven't caught.