^ and this, my dears, is why we never, ever
listen to LFS people. Or purchase loaches for betta tanks.
I think the last one had just had too much stress to survive a second new tank after being mauled by Cole a few times. I feel pretty bad about the whole thing. But lesson learned, I guess.
Strohi tank update:
Water's pretty much clear. I could probably do a half change tomorrow to get rid of the last tiny bit of sand dust, unless the sponge filter clears it up by morning.
Added more plants, a few ramshorn babies and a couple of shrimp. One of the shrimp is a funny little thing, where the others are content to wander the plants munching algae, he has spent hours zooming back and forth across the tank, "Wheeeee!"
I am betting he is the first betta snack.
It's a little untidy yet, will spend some time tomorrow prettifying the whole arrangement. The T8's are really quite bright, so I'm planning on lots of tannins and floating plants or the strohi might feel like they're in a permanent spotlight.
Water level's quite low - I calculated about 100L (26 gallons) presently. I'll probably only fill it a bit more once planting's finished so I can grow the dwarf papyrus and other bog plants emerged, at least until these wee fishes are on their way to full grown.
Added a couple of swords, a lily, a little bit of hairgrass.. The majority of plants in this tank are various species of java fern and anubias, seeing as I had a couple of bucketfuls of those - if the baby red lilies in Coles' tank take off, they'll join mama in in there too as they'll eventually get too big for the 10g.
Can't wait to get this all finished up and looking pretty. :)