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Old 08-13-2012, 04:56 PM   #1 
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Water gets cloudy a little too quickly

So I just got a new tank for my betta about a week ago. I was noticing that the water was starting to get kind of cloudy a little too fast. When I first put water in, it was cloudy the next day. Not really cloudy, but to the point that it looks a little dirty. I did a 100% water change yesterday and rinsed out the gravel more to make sure it wasn't the gravel making the water cloudy, but lo and behold, today the water was cloudy again. My 2 gallon bowl wasn't even like this. What could be going on? Also, there's a strange, film-like substance at the top of the water... I've seen people write about this on here, but I don't remember what was said about it.

Here's my specs:
5.5 gallon tank
No filter
No live plants
Water is normally anywhere from 72-80 degrees. (my heater isn't the best and cools down at night)

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Old 08-14-2012, 10:41 AM   #2 
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Could just be new tank syndrome..Bacteria bloom..Keep up with the water changes and it should clear up..A filter would really help too.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:45 AM   #3 
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I have noticed with a water change, the water is very cloudy, the first day..it takes a day or two to settle, and then it's usually crystal clear..it's just the way it mixes in with the water conditioner, and if you pour it in the tank, and there is something in the gravel that floats around..but I just leave it, on the 2nd day..it calms down, by the 3rd day..crystal clear..:)
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And the strange film is a protein, that builds up from standing water, and that happens if there is no oxygen in the water, a filter or air stone helps.
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:18 PM   #5 
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Yup, just bought a filter today. The film is gone. Tank is still a little cloudy though, but the filter has only been on for a couple hours. i'll just be patient
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Good to hear you are half way to a clearer tank so far.
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