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Old 04-17-2011, 06:29 PM   #1 
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RIP King Fishy

King Fishy passed away this morning. Most of his fins had broken off and were floating in the water. He was a dark blue in life, but his corpse was a pinkish white. His eyes were redish. Poor lil guy.

Now that he has passed, how do I clean the tank? Do I use bleach or just water? I would like to get another better to put in with my snail.
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Old 04-17-2011, 11:10 PM   #2 
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Try white vinegar instead. There is less of a risk associated. Search the threads to find the appropriate dosing.
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Old 04-18-2011, 03:33 AM   #3 
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I'm sorry for your loss.

We use vinegar and hot water. Just regular vinegar and really almost scalding hot water.
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:03 PM   #4 
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I've searched the forums and I never really saw much of a dosage. I'll try my best with the vinegar.

How do I deal with my snail? Will he be ok to be put in a bowl until the tank is cleaned and ready for him to be put back in? Also, could he be carrying in diseases? I'm not sure how one would clean a snail, but if that's what I have to do, that's what I have to do.
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Old 04-22-2011, 06:40 AM   #5 
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What did King Fishy die of or do you know? Maybe that info will help someone else know whether or not it can harm snails. I would use a reasonable amount of vinegar. I use a spray bottle for mine. You can't really use too much, just meke sure its rinsed thoroughly when you're done.
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I used white vinegar to clean my tank. I don't know how much. I basically just dumped some vinegar in, used a wash rag and scrubbed the tank, the plants (plastic), the castle, heater, filter and the hood. Then I rinsed. Then I got them with vinegar again. Then I rinsed a couple more times. I put all the stuff in front of a southern facing window for a day and a half to dry.

I have my tank set up again. First I put the snail in. He seemed fine. I waited a good 5/6 days before I put another betta in. He seems to be doing just fine as well. I'm not sure what King Fishy died of. I suspect he was sick when I got him. If you look at my posts, I had trouble with him from the beginning. I spent about 45 minutes picking out my new betta. He was lively, brightly colored, no tears/rips/black spots on any of his fins, no white specks, no white cottony blotches, no gold dust on the gills and he had a ton of bubbles in his cup. He's a fiesty lil devil and swims non stop. I hope this helps someone else in their search/cleanup/care of a betta. I hated to lose King Fishy, but hopefully his passing can educate others.
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