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Old 01-25-2013, 08:42 AM   #1 
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Question The mysterious cloudy water

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I'm new to bettas keeping, and my water has been going cloudy right after I clean it. Why is this happening? Thanks:Molly
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:52 AM   #2 
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Need more info. How big is the tank? Is it filtered? How long has it been set up? What do you add to the water when doing a water change? What all is in the tank? Water Temp?
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:12 AM   #3 
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did you rinse the gravel in hot water? did you rinse the filter before putting it in the pump? did you rinse everything you put in the tank?
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:14 AM   #4 
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I'm actually having a similar issue. The water isn't super cloudy, but I noticed a weird musky look this morning. On the other hand, I think Dovakiin built his first bubble nest around one of the plants!!! It has noticeably more bubbles than the rest! =D

How big is the tank? 20G
Is it filtered? Yes!!!
How long has it been set up? Today is the beginning of the fourth day (third day for the fish being in it).
What do you add to the water when doing a water change? Conditioner.
What all is in the tank? Faux plants, a log, my beta, and a bristle-whisker plecostomus.
Water tamp? 80 degrees F.

If you need any more info just ask! I'll be going to class soon, though, so I may not get a chance to answer until it's over.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:18 AM   #5 
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Did you rinse the gravel? I had similar issues when I first set up my first few tanks, then I went back and rinsed all the gravel and everything that goes in first and my water has been crystal clear every time, and by rinsing i mean put in a colander and shaking it around under hot water for a good 5 minutes then doing it again.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:22 AM   #6 
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Hm. So lack in colander-rinsed rocks is probably why? That makes sense, actually. Hah! Thank you! (:
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:25 AM   #7 
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Yeah it's like very fine dust and same with the filter pack it need to be pre-rinsed as well because of the fine "dust" that the filter itself won't filter out there are drops you can use to help but yeah its much easier to fix the problem vs treating it every time you do a water change and/or add a new filter pack.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:53 PM   #8 
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I'm actually having a similar issue. The water isn't super cloudy, but I noticed a weird musky look this morning. On the other hand, I think Dovakiin built his first bubble nest around one of the plants!!! It has noticeably more bubbles than the rest! =D

How big is the tank? 20G
Is it filtered? Yes!!!
How long has it been set up? Today is the beginning of the fourth day (third day for the fish being in it).
What do you add to the water when doing a water change? Conditioner.
What all is in the tank? Faux plants, a log, my beta, and a bristle-whisker plecostomus.
Water tamp? 80 degrees F.

If you need any more info just ask! I'll be going to class soon, though, so I may not get a chance to answer until it's over.
Because your tank is pretty new its probably a bacterial bloom which happens in new tanks. IMO, if it hasn't been cloudy since the day you put everything in it then it's not from gravel. Are you testing your water & doing appropriate water changes since your tanks is not cycled? Have you read about doing a fish IN cycle?
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:46 PM   #9 
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@ shellieca:My tank is 1.5 litres I'm not sure how many gallons it is,no,it's not filtered, about a week,splendid betta water conditioner,my betta, a little rock cave, marbles (that's what I usebas pebbles),a fake plant,a shell, and a fake star fish, usually around 75 degrees farenheight. Thanks to everyone for their help!
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:48 PM   #10 
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@stone: yes, i did rinse everything in hot water before i put it in the tank. I am going to clean the tank today, and will give an update tmr.
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