I thought it would be fit to put all three of my boys in the same thread as they were all killed by the "Death Tank".
First I lost Julius, the DTHM. He was stunning, active, confident, and wonderful. I had him for about a month and felt just as bonded to him as I did with my very first betta, Abacus, years ago. I would just sit next to him and read, so that he may interact with me, and I him.
One day I came home and found him unresponsive and barely breathing. I quickly changed his water and gave him some overall health like meds. He died two hours later...
After Julius passing the tank lay empty. I decided to get another betta. Enter Nero, the DT marble. He was grouchy, bossy, and lived up to his name as a little terror. He was so beautiful and I felt like I could begin to heal....
Two days later I found him dead. Now I had a tragic clue as to why Julius died. It was something in that tank. It was the only link the two otherwise healthy fish had in common. I deep cleaned absolutely everything in the tank and the tank itself. I even cleaned the snail, Brutus, who has taken residence in the death tank (and for some reason has been going strong this whole time).
With the tank disinfected I cautiously brought home yet another new betta. Hadrian, a DTHM who had the ability to change colors. He looked almost like a flower. He was active and loved his pellets. I felt better, he was active and amazing and I actually thought this time I had successfully rid the tank of whatever it was that was taking the lives of it's occupants.
This morning I found Hadrian dead. I am so mad and lost right now. I feel like it is my fault, I put them all in harms way and they paid the ultimate price. I still have no idea what keeps killing them, and at such speed. I feel that I should scrap the setup all together. I would hate for this retched tank to take yet another life.
I am so sorry, Julius, Nero, and Hadrian. I thought I could keep you all safe and healthy. I was wrong. :(
Here they are.