Originally Posted by elsilerjr
That makes sence I went to walmart and got this stuff called crystal clear says it clumps it up. But I think what I wanna do is take him out of the 5 gallon, clean wash it. And put him in my first half gallon tank for a awhile and cycle the 5 gallon cuz I have never cycled any of his tanks. But he's been fine. I got a ph test strip and it was high so the water is pretty bad anyway. All I have is betta safe conditioner so after the cycle I'll go invest in some ph fluid.
Crystal clear? Thats the stuff that gets rid of cloudiness, right? You really dont need it. What is more likely going on is your substrate is leeching some color or whatever (which is fine, it happens) or you have bacterial bloom in your tank. This can happen even without live plants.
I wouldnt shove him into a half gallon tank while you cycle. Its hard to heat that, and you probably dont have a heater for a tank that small (why go out and buy a new one?), which isnt good for him. When you wash it (which, sure, do it) dont use too hot of water on the acrylic. Its not good for it. If you want to sanitize, put in a whopping 3-6tsp of AQ salt/gallon for any plants, gravel, etc. Never use soap. Be gentile temp wise on the heater and filter, as they can be damaged by high temps.
It can take weeks at the minimum for a tank to cycle. Months if youre unlucky. That means for months he'd be in a tiny tank, one you'd need to do daily 100% water changes in. Thats no fun for either of you!
Also, it does not matter what pH the betta is in
. Theyre fine in any reasonable pH. Do NOT
mess with the water's pH, not at all. You'll have more problems when you do. High pH is fine, so is low. They get used to it. Its just an expensive waste of time.
I say cycle the tank with your fish in it. That way, you dont need to do huge water changes each day, dont need to buy a new heater, and he gets to stay comfy. Its not harder to do with the fish in it, but you need to be more diligent with monitoring and with water changes. If you would like, I can send a private message on what to do in easy to read steps, because I know a lot of what is online is complicated or too vague.
Regardless of fish in or fish out, you need at least a liquid ammonia testing kit to monitor ammonia, and better yet also nitrate and nitrite.
Let me know if you'd like that email. <3