I have already read the OldFishLady Water Change Sticky, but thank you. :)
I'm not sure if I'll cycle the 10 gallons or just do water changes, but I really just want to get them in there. It's possible that I will begin by just doing water changes, but cycle the filters in another tank and then move the media into theirs.
CONT. I came home from a rather long trip to find that Merlin (the most recently deceased) had severe dropsy, and it was so far gone that I had to euthanize him.
I do agree that I need to change something in my fish's care though, and I'm currently working on it. You see, I am a a very busy person, and most of my fish's tanks are quite small. Their water needs to be changed multiple times per week to keep the ammonia down, and sometimes I miss a water change because I am away. I am gathering the supplies for two divided 10 gallons, where I will move my fish. I will therefore only have to change the water once weekly, and I'll definitely be home enough to do that.
Thanks for your concern. :)
That's okay, no offense taken. :) I agree that a lot of my bettas die, and more often than they should. :/
The longest I've kept a betta so far is about a year. The first betta of mine that died was a petco rescue that had an internal bacterial infection from the start, but I didn't know until it was too late. The second was a 'baby betta', who died of dropsy. I think that it he got it because of cross-contamination though, because my brother's gourami died of the same thing shortly before, and I'd been doing tank maintenance on both his and my tanks, no hand-washing in between. :/ CONT.
Thanks for your kind words they really do help. I actually have two bettas, Guillermo, and then a baby Ash I just can't remember how I edited my profile last time to add him in lol.
I've had bettas pretty consistently the past year and really started to understand theier care thanks to this forum. When I got Max I knew he was sick, normally I'm pretty good about not getting any more fish but he gave me the "please help" look. I think he had a slime coat infection, his fins were matted together, and I also read that that can affect their breathing and appetite. I had been treating him with AQ salt but I lowered his dose and I think I did it too soon and he had a flare up if you will.
I wiped down his hospital tank with clorox wipes rinsed it good put new water with a double dose of water conditioner in it and left it sit overnight. I then dumped that water out and now the tank is sitting outside to air out If you have any suggestions though on cleaning it I'm all ears.