So I bought a Betta fish for my girlfriend a few months ago and everything was going fine with it. It lives in a Fluval Chi 5 gal tank. Things were going great with it. Until the winter hit and the water got to a relly cold 66 degrees so I bought a heater for it and its not anywhere b/w 76-78 at any given time. However soon after the heater the tank got really cloudy and I mean cloudy to the point where you couldn't see ANYTHING until the fish came right up the edge of the glass. I tried to correct it with daily water changes of like 10% and than a weekly 25-50% but honestly nothing had worked for it.
SO yesterday I took the tank down completely. Removed the substrate and everything. Added new substrate (sand) and took the beta plant that I had grown from a bud and chopped it down in a bit. It needed to be trimmed anyways it was getting out of control. Added my water conditioner to the water, my cycle to the water and a little bit of water clarifier. Also I cleaned the rocks and the fake plant and than added them back to the tank. Yesterday the tank looked great water very very clear. But this morning the water I can tell is a little cloudier given that I can see the rays from light shinning down into the tank. I added my second day of cycle to get the tank started today as well like I'm suppose to do but my real fear is that the tank is going to get super cloudy again and I'm going to be stuck in the same boat that I was before where it just gets out of control.
So the tank is continuing to be cloudy. It been about a week of me doing 50% WCs everyday. The tank looks a lot better right after I do the water changes (first thing in the morning) and than by the evening its getting pretty cloudy and today I didn't have time to do it in the morning and when I came home it was cloudy to the point where if I let it go another day it would have been cloudy to the point where I couldn't see the fish. I am using a Fluval Chi and I cleaned the filter out and everything. I am just at a loss as to why its gotten so bad and won't resolve a little at the most. Does anyone have a Fluval Chi or know if you can put some bio ball things in the water reservoir above the filter (I wouldn't see why not). I am really concerned that it is my heater tho. It all sort of snowballed when I put it in because the tank was 66 degrees and I was fearing for my fishes life.
ANy thoughts? help? suggestions? would be great.