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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-14-2018, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone! I really need some help. I woke up today and my fish is acting so so horribly!!!!!! Yesterday he was perfect! I am very upset and want to help him but I’m not sure what’s going on.

He is in a 10 gallon tank that heated and has a low flow of a filter. The other day, Wednesday, I got him 2 zebra loches and he was doing fine with them. He also has a yellow mystery snail and two live plants. I’ve been doing 100% water changes the majority of the time that I had him. I just started doing about 25% water changes once a week, I did it on Tuesday of this week.

I tested the water just before and all the peramaters are perfect as they usually are when I test the water. I use distilled water, no conditioner.

Yesterday I moved some things around in the tank to help the loaches find hiding spots so I added another ornament, a big octopus. I always make sure the items I choose for my tanks are super soft for the bettas.

This morning I went to check my fish to feed him and I couldn’t find him! I saw the snail eating away at the algae on the wall, I found 1 of the catfish critters but no Cano (betta). I checked in the octopus and he was in the top, the head of the octopus. He swam out and I noticed that he looks awful. He has these white strings coming from under his chin area. When he swims he shimmys and his left fin doesn’t work. His left gill thing is also inflamed. He also can’t close his mouth. He won’t eat, and does swim a bit but he mostly is just floating around. I feel so awful that it’s something I did by moving stuff around.

Can anyone help me diagnosis him so I know how to help?

Thank you!!!!

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Cano passed this afternoon. Completely heartbroken today.
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Cano passed this afternoon. Completely heartbroken today.
I’m sorry for your sudden loss 😞
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I'm sorry for your loss. Just so you know for any future fish you may get, it is not recommended to use Distilled water in a freshwater tank. The reason that it's not recommended is that the distilling process strips all the minerals from the water, fish need those minerals to remain healthy, without them they get sick and die. To use distilled water the fish keeper needs to add the minerals back to the water, and each time a water change is done the mineral levels of the new water must be matched to the levels of the tank water.
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Does the same thing go for using a faucet with a filter on it? I assume that too would remove minerals.
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Does the same thing go for using a faucet with a filter on it? I assume that too would remove minerals.
Something like the Britta pitcher with the filter doesn't, but I'm not sure about the one that goes on the faucet. I'd contact the company and ask, or see if you can find some information on it on Google.
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