i keep typing this, and when i am finished, my computer spazzes and goes "back" and it gets deleted
so i'm going to try to "abbreviate" this as much as possible...
long story short, i have a 10 gallon, filtered tank heated at 80 degrees. my betta has lived here alone and i have done 100% water changes every 14 days (on average, depending on conditions) and he has always been very active and healthy.
i posted here earlier this week because i bought a small school of bloodfin tetra as a "christmas present" for my betta...and mistakenly followed the store clerk's instructions...since my post i followed everyone's advice and decided to quarantine the betta and the tetra into smaller, heated, filtered tanks, since the tetra were mysteriously dying and my betta got really sick really fast. i figured while everyone was in the quarantine tanks i could try to cycle my aquarium for the first time..that way the time it would take for everyone to get "better" the tank would be cycled.
however the tetra continue to mysteriously die one by one, i'm not sure if they're dying from stress since the school is getting smaller and smaller, or if they're just diseased--though they show NO signs of disease from what i can tell. its draining because i'm not sure why. they seem totally normal and active, then a few hours later i'll come home and one more will be dead. i read reviews for the place i got them from and SO many posts were saying how the fish were diseased.
basically, looks like it will be the betta will be alone in the 10 gallon tank again. i sort of want to just do a 100% water change in the large tank and put him back in, and continue with the 100% water changes every 2 weeks or so.
should i let it cycle? or just continue with the 100% water changes? i don't think i want to try to get any more tank mates soon...this whole tetra mass death is depressing and draining.