I've been being very careful with my new 10 gallon tank, well aware that small tanks are more difficult to start with in some cases. I thought that with my previous experience at my parent's house combined with help from this forum, I could pull it off. It was pretty successful at first, and I only lost one fish initally.
Then came Spring Break. I'd been working 35 hours a week and going to school full time. My fish, my boyfriend, and our cat had pretty much been my only release from all that. A friend of mine in Colorado's Spring Break lined up with mine, so I went, leaving my boyfriend to feed the fish since he couldn't get out of work and would be home anway. He was supposed to feed them every day except Friday, and he did. Well, since he didn't even go in that room Friday and I came home early Saturday morning, the first thing I saw was a dead fish that could have been in there a while. I scooped it out but noticed a little later that there was another one that matched the rocks hidden down in the corner, so I scooped that one out too. My heart sank right then when I realized that my favorite male guppy was also missing. I didn't find him in the filter and looked all over the rocks for him, but he's nowhere to be found.
The remaining fish (some mollies and two females guppies) have developed some ick, which I medicated. I also did my best to take care of the ammonia levels since I figured that was what might have started the death count in the first place. It hadn't settled to zero from being a new tank.
So... I read the thing about salt in the "Icky Sticky," and was wondering if it would hurt my guppies. I know mollies are pretty hardy and could handle it as well as the temperature raise. Also, what about the missing fish? Do I need to dissasemble the entire tank and do a full water change to find him? The only other explanation is that my cat got him, but I hightly doubt it. I'm pretty sure the lid is secure.... what do I do?
My perameters, because I know someone will ask, were as follows last time I checked (which was before the Colorado trip, I'm checking again later today):
nitrate and nitrite: I haven't bought the testers yet. That's next paycheck.