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Old 10-02-2010, 11:31 PM   #1 
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RIP Gulden

I don't know what happened. I just found him dead. He was a little bloated this morning and he didn't eat. He was a little lethargic. I'm tearing that tank down again and storing it. There's something wrong there and I don't know what it is. I feel so bad. I wanted to give him a good life and I feel like I killed him.
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Old 10-02-2010, 11:37 PM   #2 
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I'm SO sorry, VG <33 If you ever try with that tank again, maybe try bleaching it for a couple of days? I'm sorry this happened ):
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Old 10-03-2010, 12:42 AM   #3 
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Thanks Code. :) I ordered another Hawkeye 5g like the one I switched Tango into and I'm going to use it instead. I'm not going to re-use anything from that tank. I'll just toss it all.

It's my own fault. I re-used the plants and I shouldn't have. He and Senor had the exact same symptoms, abdomen bloat followed by death a day later. I'm guessing whatever bacteria caused it is either in the plants or being carried around by my snails? I don't know if that's possible. He had snails from the 16 and snails from my hex in there. I'm so mad at myself.
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Old 10-03-2010, 03:24 AM   #4 
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I'm so sorry vay. I think you made the right choice by getting rid of the tank.
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Old 10-03-2010, 03:52 AM   #5 
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Awww, I'm so sorry Vay :(
This happened to me too about a year ago....Vlad, my lovely little blue butterfly delta, was a little bloated and pale one morning all of a sudden...and then died within eight hours :/ To this day I still don't know what caused it....though I've never had the same issue again, and I've used the tank a couple other times. Its strange....
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Old 10-03-2010, 11:46 AM   #6 
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Thanks guys. Dragon, I remember that. I don't think we'll ever know.

I'm just going to take everything apart and store the tank. I'll throw everything else out. Maybe I should just re-think the whole 4th betta idea. It just seems fated for failure.
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Old 10-03-2010, 12:07 PM   #7 
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I'm so sorry VG :( You didn't have him for very long, its possible he may have already had some sort of illness. Throwing the plants and gravel away is probably a good idea. You might even be able to bleach or bake the gravel and save it.
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Old 10-03-2010, 01:02 PM   #8 
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:( I'm sorry Gulden passed on, he was very beautiful

Don't be too hard on yourself, you don't even know what's wrong, or where it's coming from, so how could you have known to toss or disinfect? It's not your fault.
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Old 10-03-2010, 02:51 PM   #9 
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I never thought of baking. I kept it because it was Eco-complete and that stuff is expensive. I rinsed it with really hot water and kept it in the sun out on the deck til it dried out. I kept telling myself to trash everything but you spend money on it and it's hard to justify throwing it out. Never again I tell ya. Thanks for all the support. :)
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Old 10-03-2010, 03:14 PM   #10 
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AWW!! I'm soo sorry to hear that. Atleast he had a nice planted tank to call home. RIP Gulden!!!
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