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Old 07-24-2012, 12:55 AM   #1 
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Sudden cloudy-white water and a bad odor?

I have a male Betta. I've had him for a few months now and it has been absolutely perfect in his tank - clear water and a happy Betta with bubble nests every day.

Over the past couple days, it seems to have dropped drastically and I can't figure out why. The water is cloudy-white and it smells terrible. I've done a 50% water change every day since I noticed this, but it still continues to become cloudy and smelly over a 24-hr period.

The only difference that's been made since the sour conditions have come on, is that I introduced a baby black mystery snail that I acquired for free from my pet store workplace.

I am going to take a water sample in to work and test it tomorrow, but I am worried about my Betta and don't want to see him belly up, so I am just wondering if any of you might know why the conditions have so suddenly become so poor. Is the snail the cause?
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:22 AM   #2 
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Snail might be the problem... did you quarantine before introducing him to the tank? Snails can bring all sorts of nasties, specially from petstore tanks.
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Old 07-24-2012, 02:06 AM   #3 
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I'd say it's a substrate problem. How often/deeply do you vac the gravel, if any? How deep is it? Do you have plants in there/large ornaments?
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If the tank is that newly set up, you may be experiencing a a bacterial bloom. Check your water parameters daily and if everything is ok, the fish will be fine in there and the tank will clear on its own.
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Forgot to ask...what kind of filtration are you using?
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:00 PM   #6 
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How big is the tank? I'd take the snail out for the time being and see if the problem clears up.
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