I went to say good morning to Judas this morning. He did not swim out as close as possible to see/inspect me. I found him in the back corner dead. I don't understand it? He was fine yesterday and I never saw any stress strips. Water parameters are great, although the pH is 7.8 which should be ok. He lived in a long 20 with many silk plants, natural polished pebbles, hammock (never used), heated at 79 F, Cascade 2000 HOB on the lowest flow, 3 female Gups, 3 Panda Corys, and a synthetic tree truck to lurk in (rarely). I feed him the best Betta pellets I could find with an occasionally froze shrimp or bloodworm. He loved the shrimp, the bloodworms not so much.
For the future, I'm not sure if I will rescue (enabling/perpetuate) a babby Betta or find the most natural finned adult?