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Old 01-20-2012, 03:20 PM   #11 
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In a 5gal filtered tank with an established nitrogen cycle-I would recommend water changes of- 50% weekly with vacuum to maintain water quality.....during the cycling process you may need to make a second 50% water only during the week- unless you have water testing products on hand-then base the water only change on test results of ammonia, nitrite 0.25ppm or greater until you have nitrate 5-10ppm without any ammonia, nitrite spikes....
Filter media needs a swish/rinse in the bucket of old tank water with a water change a couple of times a month to maintain good water flow for the beneficial bacteria-but I wouldn't start that until the nitrogen cycle has established unless the water flow is compromised.....

The cloudy water is most likely a bacterial bloom-a water change should fix that..

Lovely Betta...nice find....
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Thank you everyone.
Lily's water is still a little cloudy - doing water changes, but Lily seems to be doing fine. I am hopefully getting out the next day or so to get a test kit. Helpful info Oldfishlady and yes she is pretty, a petsmart find if you can believe it!
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