figured I'd try here since everyone else I ask is completely mystified...
I've had this betta for over a year and a half (he is not my first but I've never had this problem before)
he has lived in the same 1½ gallon bowl as long as I've had him and was FINE for the first 18 months or so - then his water started getting cloudy (white NOT green)
first of all - if anything I am under feeding him (if I fed him like the food container suggests, well I'd KNOW why his water is cloudy hehehe) so it's not that... but if there is any question, he will be cloudy right after a COMPLETE water change when there is no food whatsoever in his bowl
I use spring water as I don't trust my well water (it's not good enough for me, it's not good enough for my pets!!) - I've been using the same brand of spring water as long as I've had him
he had the same gravel and (fake) plants in there for months before this started...
when this started I did a total water change minus cleaning the gravel as I didn't want to make to drastic a change at first... when I put the new water in it was cloudy from the get-go - which I figured MIGHT be from the 'stuff' in the gravel needing a chance to settle... but it never cleared up
I tried changing his water a few times over the course of a couple months - rinsing the gravel, not rinsing the gravel etc. - no change
about a week after one of the last water changes I took a water sample to the local pet store to have it checked out and it came back totally fine (which they were VERY surprised about)
they were clueless so they gave me TetraAqua water clarifier - which I did once but have been kinda afraid to continue with as the bottle doesn't say how often is safe... one dose did NOTHING
so when that didn't help I did the whole shebang... put in all new gravel (as the guy at the pet store suggested MAYBE the paint was coming off the old gravel... I didn't know that stuff had paint on it :/ ) - I now have clean river rocks (nothing artificial!) rinsed the plants well and did all new water
and I THOUGHT I had the problem licked... it was bright and clear and beautiful for the first time in months... for about 2 days - then BAM it started getting cloudy again
the fish doesn't seem ill... he's always been a little uh... lazy - he doesn't swim about much and many times people have suggested to me that he might be dead because he likes to just hang out at the surface, completely still - he's always been that way this is NOT new since the cloudy water issue started...
anyway... does anyone have any clue what might be going on or what I can do?