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Fish Struggling To Breathe, Not Moving

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People here tend to get very excited when they hear of fish in a small tank, but I don't think you did anything to cause the death of this fish. It was probably sick when you got it and the stress of a new home was more than it could take. The cloudy water was most likely from not washing the gravel well enough. It didn't get that dirty from two tiny goldfish in 3 or 4 days. So don't feel guilty.

That said, you are getting very good advice on how to keep this from happening again. When you get the bigger tank and filter, keep your remaining fish in the little tank and change the water daily (without removing the fish). Follow the instructions for "fishless cycling" of the new tank, and when that is complete your fish will have a healthy new home.

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