Sorry, posted at late o'clock, thoughts weren't very organized.
Fish have become kind of a new passion for me. It's way more fulfilling than my other two money-eating hobbies, pretty clothes and videogames. I bought Mongkut when my traumatizing attempt at shubunkins was over, and now he's my pride and joy. I really, REALLY want to bring him to college with me, no way around it. If I thought he'd settle nicely in a 2.5 or something, I'd do it. As it is, he went ballistic within two weeks of living in a 1.8, so I didn't want to take any chances- I bought the 5g. The betta comes to school, period. That's the fact I'm working around, and he has to be in the 5g so I have enough desk. If that means the platies come out, fine.
I'd heard platies were compatible. I heard they got depressed if left alone. I got two. They're in the heated, well-established 5g right now with His Majesty, and apparently they've worked out their differences overnight.
I have a 10g. It's unoccupied, unequipped, and unfilled. Long-term it was intended to be a sorority, but not until Christmas break, so putting the platies in there would be kind of a last-ditch thing. I also have a 16g, unheated, established, with two non-platy-compatible goldfish in it, but they're on their way out anyway- eventually they'll get too big for that tank, but they were a rescue from a fountain in walmart, and they're on their way to a huge 55g at a friend's house. After they leave, that tank is intended for platies anyway. That's just going to happen sooner than I'd expected now.
So why do I have this tank if it can't come to college? My college is 45 minutes away, my bf and I both attend. We come home on weekends, and I can do water changes/cleanings/etc then. During the week, his father, to whom the apartment belongs, said that he wouldn't mind coming into the room and feeding them. I'm a compulsive ammonia tester- I wouldn't leave a tank that would poison itself to death in less than a week knowing I wouldn't be around to help.
So the new plan seems to be this: move the goldfish out today, clean up, put in *some* warmer water (don't want to undo all my establishment stuff), leave it one gallon short of full, then add the heater (5-15g heater). Mongkut has gotten by just fine without it so far, and the dorms have an adjustable heating system in every room. The platies will live in the 16g (with 15g in it), and my next purchase will be an appropriately-sized heater so I can top the tank off.
Or is there some OTHER problem with this arrangement that I don't know about?
Footnote- both my platies are male. I made sure, I don't want babies.
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