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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-23-2013, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Goodbye, Flake

Another victim of what I call "betta sulk"- they just start hanging near the bottom & then they pass. This is the only thing that has killed my bettas- no outside symptoms, no bad tank conditions. Just a 3 day sulk & death; although I've had 1 recover from this.
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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.
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I'm so sorry about Flake.

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I'm so sorry. She was a very pretty girl.
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Very pretty, sorry to hear :( rip

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She was such a pure white- her fins had the faintest hint of blue. The problem w/ white fish is that it's hard to see bite marks or diseases. On the other hand, I worry about any little whitish "ding" I see on my darker fish. I do adore white, though.

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.
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So sorry. Do you have or have you ever had dwarf gouramis in that tank?
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No, why?

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.
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There is a virus that occurs in roughly one in five dwarf gouramis and it causes the same symptoms, and it is contagious to bettas.
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Matt - do you know the name of the virus?
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I've never had gouramis.

I bought 4 Ocellier catfish for detritus cleaning. They're tiny- I know they get large (I may have to adopt them out if they survive). I got them online, then QT'd them for a week. I introduced one to the girls' tank- I really haven't seen him (or her?) since. I have noticed that the girls are drawn to the back corner of the tank; to the point that one or two were obsessing about it. I was worried- then I saw a tail flip- the Ocellifer had been hiding under the gravel there and the girls are too curious.
I selected the Ocellifer cat b/c it's a bottom feeder that can handle a wide parameter of water conditions, and they don't get as big as a pleco (which is what I wanted. The smaller, pretty plecos cost $$$ if you can find them!).
I'm disappointed that they are shy. Can they injure my bettas? Or should I worry about my bettas killing him (and the others, still in QT- I wanted to see how 1 would work). I'm going to cross-post this on the 'Tankmates' thread.

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.
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