I setup a 10 gallon filtered tank early this week, and ensured that water conditions were good (Conditioned tap water, Ph 7.0, Temperature 78, with a small dose of Microbe-Lift special blend to give cycling a boost) before picking up a male betta yesterday.
He adjusted quickly to his environment and was swimming around actively exploring his new home within minutes yesterday, before finally settling down for some sleep later that night. The water was crystal clear before heading off to bed. I just woke up this morning to find a fairly cloudy (white) aquarium.
I immediately looked for the betta and ensured he was still ok. I woke him (sorry buddy!) and he seems just fine, showing no signs of stress/color loss etc.
I ran a quick test and everything is showing within the right parameters, although my ph has gone up to around 7.4. In doing this, I discovered that the test strips I have don't test for ammonia. I will definitely pick up a testing kit for that when petsmart opens today, as I know its important to monitor in a new tank especially.
I did a google search and found that it might be a "bacteria bloom", from the Micro-Lift (& a bit of safe start before moving my betta in) reacting to newly introduced ammonia sources. Does this sound about right? Any advice on how to alleviate this, or will it just take a little patience?