As some of you may recall, about a week ago I lost Fern, one of my three Betta fish, and I was extremely upset. See thread ---> http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=33771
Tonight, after cleaning out the tank of my two remaining fish, Taylor
, I watched Willow die. Lately she's been hiding in her cave a lot, and while I had her in the cleaning tank she swam around every now and then, but she spent the majority of the time lying at the very bottom in a shell.
When I put her in her regular tank, now cleaned and fresh, she began to swim around quite feverently. I added Taylor to the tank as well, and she swam around like Willow, but eventually calmed down. Willow however began to worry me immensely.
She would swim to the very bottom and lie on the gravel, then swim to the top to take a breath, back to the bottom to lie down for a few seconds and then back to the top. This repeated quite a few times, and each time, it seemed she was having more difficulty reaching the top. She began to swim on her side. Eventually, she was unable to make it to the top of the tank. I watched her beat her little fins trying desperately to swim to the top for air, but she just kept sinking to the bottom.
I panicked, because I knew something was wrong, but I didn't know what to do.
I tried to put her back into the cleaning tank, but I was unable to get her to swim into the net. I had to resort to lifting her in my own hands, and she didn't even try to swim from my fingers. Her gills were still flapping open and closed and her eyes were sill mobile, so I knew she was alive.
I placed her in very shallow water so that she could reach the top of the waterline simply by raising her body, and I saw she tried to reach it, but by this time, she couldn't even move her body, other than her gills.
I lifted her myself to the waterline and she gulped some air, but as soon as I lowered her into the water, she just fell until she hit the bottom. Her gills were still flapping, but her fins were stationary.
In her small container of water I held her and cried.
I knew Willow was in serious trouble. I tried to coax her to beat her fins back and forth but she couldn't move. Then her body spasmed, and suddenly her gills and eyes became still.
Willow had died as I cradled her, in her little water jar.
I cried for a long time, traumatized by watching my poor little fish suffer and die.
I don't know what happened to her. Did I kill her somehow? Did I do something wrong when I cleaned her tank that triggered her death?
I'm so distraught. My poor, poor Willow
She was such a small little betta too, a cute little blue one. There is no way she was old; it wasn't her time to go.
Please help me before Taylor dies like her sisters Willow and Fern. Taylor is my last fishy left...I can't bear to see her go. I've only had these fish for 6 months now.
How am I ever going to break the news to my sister?