My girls were all doing fine, they are eating normally, and occasionally bickering, except for a few hours ago.
I don't know why or for what reason but my water temps spiked, they went from 78 to 106, I checked the water at 8pm (saturday) and it was 78, I rechecked at 8:30 (saturday) and it was at 106, I figured the thermometer was broken but the water was actually HOT to my touch, like I mean hot enough for a Hot bath (on the warmer side).
I also noticed missy at the bottom just 'breathing', she wasn't swimming and her fins were clamped, the same goes for pepper (salt and bessy were hidden somewhere in the tank), I removed some water and added freshly treated cold water, I removed my water heater and turned off their light, they all seemed more alive after that, missy was especially looking normal, she was swimming and seemed relieved, the rest looked weary.
15 minutes later I saw missy floating, head up, and dead, needless to say I was devastated, I loved missy because she was the peace keeper, she kept salt and pepper from fighting and she kept bessy from going berserk, now the 3 remaining girls are just floating at the surface, they are alive and breathing, so far only pepper has eaten food when presented with it, the rest didn't seem interested.
Theay are still floating and I'm still worried, what do you do for fish that were nearly boiled? how do I keep them from killing each other now? I only have 1 other 5 gallon tank and the 20 gallon is on route with multiple delays (FFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU-), I'm so confused, I had planned everything, the 20 gallon would be here before I got home, I would set it up and the girls would be fine, if I needed to remove one I had 2 empty 5 gals, fricken planning.
any help at all? do I just add ice and keep the heater off? what about their light (which produces mad heat)? they are above my anoles tank which needs heat, will they get warmed up as a side-effect?
on a side-note, I was just wondering if anyone has 'fed' their deceased fish to another pet who eats fish in the wild? I'm mainly asking because mello (tiger sal) got a hold of missy' body and ate it, he doesn't look sick and he 'wants' more, I just hope he doesn't...
P.S. what do you guys do to cheer up after something like this?