I've had this 10g tank for about 2 years now. It's a basic 10g with a zoomed 501, finnex fugeray r and airstone.
I lost a betta to dropsy last year, after that I took the tank down and re did it. Not knowing what was in the tank I thought better safe than sorry. After hours of storting eco complete and black sand, I did a rescape and it sat empty, but running for sometime. I mainly use it as a QT for my other tanks. I've nursed several fish back to health since redoing it. I had originally planned to move my betta out of the community 55g and into this one. Now I'm not so sure.
I put a dwarf gourami that had a mouth wound in there 2 weeks ago. I did a 1-2 gallon water change and cleaned the zoomed 501 hoses, I had some serious loss in flow (on sat). Yesterday the lights came on and I found the gourami dead. I put some time into the new scape (added some slope) and I don't really feel like sifting out the eco complete and sand again. I have no idea what killed the gourami. Since I had a cherry barb in the tank for 2 months while I worked on getting rid of the anchor worms it had. Which it's now healed and happy in the 55g. I'm not sure what to do with the tank. I don't know if cleaning the hoses and giving the sponge a good squeeze killed the gourami or if it's something else in the tank. If it was the hose and filter squeeze I feel pretty uneasy about putting another fish in the tank if it crashed that easy. I had zero ammonia in the tank, but that was testing after I found it dead yesterday.
I feel like this tank might have some bad tank joojoo. It's taking up some space I could use for more fish related item storage, but I like having a tank I can dump a fish into real quick if I need it. I guess I'm just talking out loud here. Have you ever had just a bad joojoo tank? I don't know if the zoomed 501 is the root of my problems or what.
thanks for reading my mental thought post!