Hi there. I'm new to the whole fishie and bettafish.com and keeping fish thing. Well, relatively new. Allow me to tale the story of the Tank of Death.
I've had an aquarium up and running (w.o. fish) for a while (about a month). It's a 10 gal, normal looking aquarium and it's pretty snazzy...or so I though. I had a nice little palace thing in there and some plants. It looked really good. Seriously. I've got pics of it. Well, I decide the time has come to put a fish in there and i choose a betta. I went out and bought a little veiltail female named Teagan. I didn't put her in the tank water becasue she ended up dying before I could do anything. Idk if her little bucket water was bad or what...but she died. Big sad face.
Well, I got a red veiltail which I named Ceasar. I set up this drip cycle to drip from the water in the tank (which I had checked its parameters and they were safe) and let it drip overnight. I set him up in the tank the next day. Acclimated him to the tank's temp (which shouldn't have been very much higher than the room temp) and let him go shortly thereafter. So...he was swimming around beautifully for about a day and then I went to school and he died. Just stopped swimming and died. Idk what happened but I come home and he's dead.
So by this time I'm like...well....maybe I did something wrong and I start researching online about tanks and starter fish so I go get some mollies and a little snail. Three mollies and a golden mystery snail. Welp. They all died. All of them. So, I took the tank to the bathroom, poured the water out and chloroxed everything in it. This is about where most people are like screeching (what I call the pig noise) at the computer/me when I tell the tale. I figured since my water was perfect (and my brother is the LSS *life support specialist* for moody garden aquariums and he tested the water and said it was perfect) that I had a bad bacterial infection.
So, I've had my goldfish just chilling in there for about two days now and he's still alive. I guess what I'm driving at is I'm scared of putting X in this tank because I've put alot of energy and love into taking care of my little man. He's pretty well cared after....even though I'm broke and he's in a tea pitcher...don't ask. I got my Tax refund in and I'm going tomorrow to get him a tank. :D I'm scared of putting anything less hardy than the invincible goldfish in that tank. So, any pointers? I've got pix coming with the story.