Hello.. ok here goes:
background on my tank: 48 litres, has 6 neon tetras (one died yesterday - dont know why), 6 cherry barbs, a male betta and a female betta. has a living plant for the last 8 weeks thats just constantly grown and in gr8 shape (god knows how!) It is at about 25degrees C.
current problem: my female beta seems lifeless... falls to the bottom of the tank and is basically dying but occasionnaly swims then drops to the bottom again. he's probably dead by the time i've finished typing this :(
I tested the water for 6 things... nitrates/nitrite/ph, etc... all at good levels... also tested for ammonia.. none.
tank is only about 12 weeks old. please advise why 1) neon died y'day, and 2) why female betta seems to be dying as i type....
.... on further research it appears mixed signals on keeping male/female betta together. i was advised at pet store this was not a problem. also... if all of the readings are good e.g. amonia nitrites etc.. then do you still recommend water changes?
and finally.... this is what stops me a little bit because my water where i live is very hard.. i had to spend out on large amounts of distilled water .. i am scared about water changes now i know everthing in tank is good, as this will just put the hardness to high levels. it was off the charts until i spent the money to get it down but it is at a good level according to the test kit.