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Pleco380
08-28-2010, 04:54 AM
The fish that died was not a betta but a gourami. I'll get to the betta in a moment. I was away for a week so had someone feed the fish. I came home and everything looks good so far except the gourami. The person who fed the fish said he looked a bit stressed and wouldn't eat before he died. She thinks he died of loneliness because he was the only fish in the tank. The tank is still running but is now empty. I was wondering if I could put one of my bettas in this 10g tank. But I'm not sure which one. I want one that will do okay with other fish like tetras. One of the bettas was once with a frog and didn't mind but is now a bit of a grump. The other has always been alone but is more energetic and seems happier. What should I do?

Lab_Rat
08-28-2010, 05:08 AM
First, I'd figure out why the gourami died. Then figure out your stocking, then add the tetras or whatever you go with. Betta goes in last. I'd go with the non-crowntail as CTs tend to be more aggressive than VTs.

Pleco380
08-28-2010, 05:12 AM
How long can it run without fish and still be cycled? I don't know why the gourami died. I couldn't have been loneliness could it? I do have a CT and the other betta is just a normal blue one.

FishGirl-Seattle
08-28-2010, 05:17 AM
If you don't have any unadulterated ammonia (without dyes, perfumes or surfactants) then put in a small amount of fish food - it will decompose and produce ammonia in the process. You should get fish in there as soon as you can.

Pleco380
08-28-2010, 05:18 AM
So your saying to just feed like there is still the gourami in there?

Pleco380
08-28-2010, 05:38 AM
When can I put the betta in?

dnphillips08
08-28-2010, 06:31 AM
I agree with Lab you should figure out why your gourami died, then add your tetras or whichever fish you choose then put your betta in. I always add my betta last if possible, my CT is just as laid back as my VT. I would add whichever fish you want before the betta though and in the meantime add food like fishgirl said.

Pleco380
08-28-2010, 06:49 AM
The fish had a brown spot on his side I'm guessing from the heater burning him about a week ago. I'll do a water test tomorrow. Sometimes fish die for no real reason. Maybe it's just where I buy them. How many days can the tank go without fish and still stay cycled?

Pleco380
08-28-2010, 10:32 PM
I'm hoping the betta will do okay with tetras.

AndorranPrince
08-29-2010, 02:51 AM
The heater burned the gourami? Make preventative measures so it doesnt happen to anyone else.

Pleco380
08-29-2010, 03:08 AM
No idea. That's my best guess.

Pleco380
08-29-2010, 06:33 AM
Could I just put in a few of my tetras for awhile to keep it going until I get new fish?

gadget228
08-29-2010, 12:36 PM
Chances are if the tank was empty for over 24 hours and had no source of ammonia for food for the beneficial bacteria that it has died off and the tank is going to have to be recycled. Put a couple fish that you want to keep in that tank and borrow some media from one of your other tanks will get it cycled in no time.

Pleco380
08-29-2010, 05:07 PM
I put a bit of food in every morning. It's due for a weekly WC, should I skip it or no?

Pleco380
08-30-2010, 01:28 AM
Should I? I'll do a water test as soon as I can.

snail
09-01-2010, 07:20 PM
Chances are if the tank was empty for over 24 hours and had no source of ammonia for food for the beneficial bacteria that it has died off and the tank is going to have to be recycled. Put a couple fish that you want to keep in that tank and borrow some media from one of your other tanks will get it cycled in no time.

I'm just jumping in here because wondered about 24 hrs. Surely even if there was no fish there would still be enough droppings etc to keep up the bacteria for a day or two. I don't know this, I'm just wondering. It would be good to know.

Rue
09-01-2010, 07:30 PM
I agree...I don't think 24 hours will kill off any significant amount of bacteria.

You can actually cycle a tank without adding anything...eventually, after 6 weeks or so...bacteria start to grow...

At this point, as long as you feed the tank a bit, it shouldn't lose a sig. amount of bacteria too quickly.

Pleco380
09-01-2010, 07:43 PM
Yeah my BB is dead.

Rue
09-01-2010, 08:03 PM
How do you know?

Pleco380
09-01-2010, 08:41 PM
No ammonia, nitrites or nitrates.