A Death In My Sorority

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I'm feeling very guilty right now, distressed, and distraught.. A fish in my betta sorority had gone missing.. 10 gallon tank lots of hiding places... Water perimeters normal. But the fish is just gone. Did the other 4 eat her? They're all baby bettas. I wasn't home for a few days and my house mate was feeding them I have very specific instructions on how to feed them... Could they have ate her? Also should I get another to add in? I've only had this sorority for almost a month.
 

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I'm feeling very guilty right now, distressed, and distraught.. A fish in my betta sorority had gone missing.. 10 gallon tank lots of hiding places... Water perimeters normal. But the fish is just gone. Did the other 4 eat her? They're all baby bettas. I wasn't home for a few days and my house mate was feeding them I have very specific instructions on how to feed them... Could they have ate her?
Hello - is there a lid? You would be surprised how often bettas jump. You would also be amazed at the hiding places bettas can find. I thought one of my own was missing but he was really resting in the middle of one of my big plants.

Just so you know - betta sororities are often best in a 20+ gal tank. A ten gallon can get crowded real fast. As they are young right now, I think it is fine. But in the future I would look into upgrading. It will open up a lot more opportunities as a fish keeper as well. Good luck
 

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More likely she jumped out OR is inside the filter (or just hiding really well). I had a Betta jump once and I never found him.
 
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Hello - is there a lid? You would be surprised how often bettas jump. Just so you know - betta sororities are often best in a 20+ gal tank. A ten gallon can get crowded real fast. As they are young right now, I think it is fine. But in the future I would look into upgrading. It will open up a lot more opportunities as a fish keeper as well. Good luck
Thank you, yes I do plan to upgrade them to a 20 gallon but the are pretty small right now. I do have a lid.

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Did you check around the tank? Bettas are jumpers and I've had them jump on me 3 different times with only one casualty. Who would of thought a betta would jump through the little hole meant for feeding? Look around just in case.

When a fish is sick in a betta sorority the other females will bully and kill the sick one. That's just what they do. I've had it happen more times than I care to admit, a fish starts acting a little strange and by the time I notice it's too late. They will also pick at a dead fish but I've never actually had an entire body get eaten. In a 10gal you should be able to find a dead fish pretty easily. I'd double check the tank, take the decor out and might as well do a water change while you're at it because you will likely stir up some gunk.
 

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Check in and around the filter as thoroughly as possible. I don't think it's likely that the other bettas ate her, because their mouths are very, very small, as I'm sure you know. I had a pearlscale goldfish hide next to the filter and I couldn't find him for several hours. Good luck! Also, don't feel guilty. Fish are tiny, and it's really hard to keep track of them in a tank full of decorations. Even if you don't find her, it's not your fault.
 

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Definitely check your filter, not sure how large the gaps in the filter strainer is, but if it didn't jump out, there's a strong chance it could be in there....
 
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More likely she jumped out OR is inside the filter (or just hiding really well). I had a Betta jump once and I never found him.
Not in the filter and I have a cover

I also cleaned the tank and moved everything so Im concerned that they ate her and also wondering if she was sick and now my whole sorority is done for
 

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hmmmm.... are they showing any signs of sickness, white spots (ich), fin rot, lethargic? If they are eating, that's definitely a positive sign.
 
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