Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: New Westminster
After a few more deaths in my community tank, I tried returning all of the fish for a refund because it became immediately obvious that I had either bought them sick or the one original sick fish had infected everyone. (My glass catfish appeared to have TB.) The store refused to honor their return policy and left me out $250 worth of fish and plants. Within a week, all but a few of the fish had died. I had kept up regular water changes, etc. No signs of illness in any of the fish until they were dead. I had no idea who to quarantine or how to treat anything, so I did another major water change with siphon. There haven't been any more deaths since, though I only have about 6 of the original fish left.
My sorority girls + the community tank fish were definitely sick when I bought them, or infected shortly afterward. I put them in a cycled tank, proper feedings, understocked, with regular large water changes. However, I do not know if V was sick when I bought him. He didn't show signs of being ill. He was not in the same tank as any of the girls; however, I thoroughly disinfect all of my tanks. I use hot water to rinse everything off a few times, then rinse it again with a vinegar/hot water mix. After another hot water rinse, I use a bleach/hot water mix, which I usually let sit for a couple hours, and then rinse with hot water again until there's no residue left.
I had Flounder for five(?) months before he got sick. I found out after that he had ich, which I didn't detect earlier due to his light colouration and him being such an active swimmer. I did the same method to disinfect his tank and quarantined the plants and the shrimp as well. I've been keeping a close eye on all my fish though, just in case.
I would love to take your betta, but my boyfriend has a "no more fish or tanks" rule now, especially after all the money we spent - and had go to waste. I'm also in Canada, so the poor thing might not make it. :c I hope you can find a new home for him, though!
5g - Male VT - Blueberry / 5.5g - Female CT & Female VT - Babydoll & Saria / 50g - Community