Originally Posted by callistra
I'm sorry you lost her :(
To disinfect with bleach fill a 10 percent solution (ratio of 10 parts to one part) all the way to the top of the tank and soak 10-15minutes.
Rinse extremely well until there is zero bleach smell left. Then I would fill with regular water and super dose dechlorinator and let that sit. Finally rinse that crazy well and then let sit out dry at least 24 hours before reusing.
Yeah I wish I could have actually saved her but when I saw her this morning, the gray had moved some and so I assume she just let go.
I ended up just throwing everything away, I was going to keep the tank but the garbage people had already gone through our dorm hallway and it was gone so I figured buying a plain 5 gallon tank isn't that expensive and the heater wasn't the best quality. It was only all the silk plants that I was upset to throw away :/ but I would rather her enjoy the plants than to have left her feeling exposed.
Also now that I don't have the five I may be able to bring the 10 with me :) but I wouldn't adopt more females until this summer when I have more time to focus on them and making sure they're quarantined and so on. I MAY adopt a girl on Monday but I need to do a huge water change on my tank and see what happens before (I have a 2.5 that I would keep her in). But we'll see, and although I'm drawn to any animal that is in need I may try to find a girl who isn't full on sick but also isn't the pretties either. Because I've always taken on the sick bettas and so far I've lost almost every one of them. So I would love to have a betta actually live a good while :)
P.S. I promise I try my hardest to make them happy but 3 passed away because I wasn't careful enough with quarantine, my almost blind boy jumped, lived, and then I panicked and I over did it and I think that's what killed him. I had one with a tumor and my last one (who lived in a bowl and had maybe once a month water changes??) managed to jump out even when I made sure that the top of his tank was secure. BUT I have great successes with the bettas I've adopted out :) both are alive and healthy and my boy at home is very much alive!