Help please? =(
Hi guys...been forever since I've been on here but we need help! My little brother, as some of you know, is a six year old with a big tank. His betta, Bubbles, passed on and my parents got him an early christmas gift, a 14 gallon aquarium. This was around the beginning of december. Now it's barely May and we've had something like 25 fish pass in this tank so far.
Okay, now for a timeline:
First time: Set up the tank, rocks, fake plants, filter, etc etc
parents buy eight fish to put in the tank because Petco people say its okay
Within the next couple of days: All eight fish die.
That day: eight new fish
Next day, all dead, including a frog that leapt out somehow onto the floor (it is a covered, lit tank)
That day: go to petco, ask a million questions, find out the thermometer wasn't working and tank was at 94 degrees instead of the 75 it claimed it was. Two guppies.
Guppies live very well for a month and we all deem it safe for them to be named, so they're dubbed Zippy and Glitter, and my parents buy two fancy guppies to go along with them, which we dubbed Mr. Sun and Sapphire
These four live VERY well for a while (like a month), so my parents bought him an albino pleco, which died after less than a week. This is the third or fourth pleco, so my parents decided frogs and plecos are done, no more.
After some time, something happens to Sapphire and he passes, so they buy a swordtail (Swordy lol)
We have Swordy for maybe 3 weeks and this morning my dad found him on the bottom in an odd bent shape...figures he's dead...so he gets a net and when he goes to grab him, Swordy moves around. So when I woke this morning my dad had QT'd him in a small, shallow glass bowl with a couple of food flakes.
Swordy seemed injured, but living...he was visibly breathing and swimming about a little...mostly in circles around the bottom of the bowl but he WAS moving. Once or twice he flitted up and nipped at the food flakes. Around an hour ago, he passed on as well.
WHAT IS GOING ON???
I can't remember what info you guys need, so if someone wants to post a questionnaire thing I'll happily fill it out. I want my brother to be happy! Poor kid was heartbroken several times now =(