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Sick fish please help!!

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Okay so I have had lots of different kinds of fish before but I'm not very experienced with betta and my husband bought a beautiful white betta fish with some blue spots on him almost a week ago, I also got him one of those betta buddies to have, I followed exact instructions on how to transfer him and i bought tank cleaner (his tank is 2 gallons and is pretty much just a fish bowl) and I also filled his tank with distilled water and ive been feeding him small pellets once a day, he seemed perfectly fine the first two to three days and ive been sitting next to his bowl talking to him everyday to try and get him use to me but I started noticing that all he really does is sit at the bottom of the bowl and he just lays there doing noting, the only time he actually really swims is when hes fed, I also noticed that hes turning a pinkish red color and he looks like hes been shedding his scales or something and I'm really nervous that something is wrong with him and I do not want him to die because I fell inlove with this fish when I saw him! ive only had him a week and I have already had a million heart attacks because I thought he was dead so please HELP!!!!
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Don't use distilled water as that doesn't have any minerals for the fish to use in order to live. Just use tap water if you know what your water conditions are like PH, hardness, and ect. but most bettas will adjust being that they are a very hardy fish. Also consider getting a bigger tank for the little guy. As im sure you wouldn't want to be put into a container that small for all your life. Hope this helps!
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