Couple things I'd love some feedback on guys :)
I've had a male betta in the 5G Fluval Chi tank for about a month.
Water's been cloudy since a few days after setting things up.
Did a 25% water change after 2-3 weeks. Did another 25% water change a few days later, hoping to reduce the cloudiness. I just figured out the gravel cleaner after the 2nd time, I was pouring it into a 4L milk jug because I don't have a bucket, and the siphon tube was in the jug water since I can't see it, so the siphon wasn't co-operating that great lol... Think I will cut the top off the jug so the opening is bigger?
The tank runs at 78 degrees so I've been topping up evaporation about 600ml each morning, I put a few drops of water conditioner in a water bottle and fill it with luke warm tap water, shake it a bit and pour it in the tank.
I feed him 3 pellets each morning and maybe twice a week, 2-3 bloodworms instead.
About a week ago a girl at Petsmart told me not to bother using the biological supplment with a betta tank. Not sure why I didn't cross reference that advice, but here I am asking for feedback on this subject.
Should I be doing more frequent water changes now to get the tank cleared up? Chances are my cleaning skills may not have gotten all the gunk off the gravel layer on the bottom of the tank, also I could not catch him with the net, and he didn't see to concerned about the cleaner so I just left him in the tank while I cleaned it.
I didn't clean or change the filter pad for a month, missed that detail in the tank manual, bad owner! :( I just put a new filter pad in 3 days ago, I will clean it weekly and change it monthly, assuming fluval's advice is accurate? (Some companies exaggerate things to make more $)
My two main concerns are:
1. Should I buy more biological supplement and use it regularly?
2. Are my water top ups and partial changes ok?
3. Should the new tank syndrome I've heard of (cloudy water) be gone/going away by now?
Any other advice for this combination would be appreciated!