I am in need of help. I have posted before and was very appreciative of the help I received and tried to make the necessary changes however I things are the same and/or getting worse.
First, I purchased a Fluval Chi in late November. I filled it with spring water (conditioned) and cycled (fishless with food) for 5 days before adding our lone Betta. Things were great for about three weeks then I started to experience cloudy water. I had done one water change in that three weeks and it was about 25%. When the water became cloudy I read the book that came with the tank it and said to do weekly 25% changes so I started to do that. Quickly the water went from just plain old cloudy to milky looking. I researched the internet and went to Petsmart...they said I overcleaned it. At that time I switched to conditioned tap water, and added API Stress Zyme per the stores instruction and waited a week, things looked better but after time it just went back to cloudy. Someone on her said to add Seachem Stabilizer which I have been doing, it is not working either. I have added attachments of my tank when it started and my tank now. I have a background on it now which is green so it's kinda making it look as though I have green water which I don't. It's just so cloudy you can't see from one side ot the other.
My other issue is my poor Bettas fins, they are shredded as you can see. I don't know why, I am not thinking it's the plants although they are plastic I tried the pantyhose test on them before adding and they are not sharp enough to snag them. I sorta feel that he might be getting stuck on the box that houses the filter but I am not sure. I never see him hanging around there too much but twice I have seen him swimming under there...thinking I might need to baffle it but don't know how.
I have tested the water, with the API Freshwater master test kit and all of my parameters were right where they should be with the exception of my PH, that was high so I changed the water at 50% and will retest again today.
Can anyone help me get this right?