I appreciate the heads up. I picked up my tank and tetras from Walmart. I didn't really want to, but it was way cheaper and my mom was lending me the money to get it. Last night, I checked out PJ's Pet Store, it's 100% Canadian owned chain. So i like that. Plus, they have way better selection, and I was able to get better answers to my questions. The guy i talked to does his own breeding and supplies some of the fish for the store.
So anyway, he strongly recommended not keeping the Betta with any other fish. He had one in a tank with other fish and everything was fine for weeks until he woke up one morning and half of his fish were dead and he was working on some others. He also reccomended that i not put a cory with the Betta as they sting. He actually got stung 3 times by one that day and his whole left arm went numb, haha. I couldn't believe that. Such a small fish cabable of numbing is whole arm. So he was concerned that if there ever was a problem with the cory and the betta, that the betta would get messed up. So i picked up a Hypostomus, i think it's called (which he recommended). Which worked for me cause I think these ones look the coolest.
So anyways. There was some bad news when i got home. One of my tetras was stuck to the filter nozzle. My mom told me she caught him like that 3 times. So I lifted the tube from the filter so it would stop sucking and the tetra swam off, then he turned around and his eye was missing
Must've got sucked out by the filter
He was still alive, barely. Half swimming, half drifting. So i scooped him into a plastic container and he died within a minute or so.
It was odd though. The Betta didn't take advantage of him. He swam towards him and i thought he was gonna have his way with him and he gently poked him. Seemed more like a "yo, what's wrong with you?" rather than when he would dart at them when i first introduced him with the tetras. So it was amazing to see that much of a change in attitude towards the tetras from my Pivo.
So i had a funeral. Chanted some "Amens" in my bathroom, haha, and flushed him into fish cemetary.
So the trio is now a tag team. I will have to get a few more.
The bad news doesn't stop though. I added the Hypostomus. I dropped him into the tank still in the bag to let him adjust to the temp. After about 5-10 minutes i let him in. He swam for a bit and then just hung around the bottom. I thought that was normal for a bottom feeder. But that's all he did. It took a while, but Pivo eventually swam down to him. It looked like he was sizing him up. He first was staring at his head. The Hypostomus just stayed there chilling. And Pivo moved along down to his tale and started to stare at it. Gave him a light poke, and i decided not to risk it and scooped him up and put him back in his plastic 1/2 gallon.
I went out for a bit, came back, and the Hypostomus was still chilling in the same spot, still breathing. Then like 10 minutes later, i check on him and he's upside down, stiff
That was just a kick to the nuts for me. I was already upset about the tetra, then my brand new guy is mysteriously dead too
Kinda made me feel guilty, like "what the hell am i doing wrong here?".
I also figure that when Pivo went to poke him, he was again trying to figure out what was wrong.
So ya, bad night last night. Any idea as to the possibilities of what went wrong with my Hypostomus?