My daughter (5yrs) won a free goldfish at school, but had to go to the sore to collect. Long story short, we never went and just decided a betta would be a better option than a gold fish. We bought a tank, I would guess 2 gallons. My daughter named the fish "Jake" and everything was great for 2 weeks. I changed his water because it was getting cloudy. The next morning my daughter comes screaming in my room that her bed broke, he fell out and jakes tank fell over and she cant find him. It took about 10 min to find him... I thought he was dead for sure. He ended up surviving and we went out and bought him a 10 gallon tank with heater and filter since his smaller unt was destroyed. He was a bit banged up from the incident, fins tattered. but he was happy in his new tank.
I started looking further into the care of the bettas and decided I needed to use a ph stabilizer. I used the "Jungle tabs". It took 2 tabs to get my ph to "neutral" (I think 6.8) according to the dip strip. All the sudden the water got real cloudy. I read up and understand there is a cycle process, and some cloudiness is normal, but Im unsure on what I should do from here. After reading all of your posts, I realized I didnít cycle the tank properly, but I cant really keep Jake in a tupperware bowl. So I need some recommendations on where to go from here. I did a (approx) 30% water change and its cleared up a bit (tap water with conditioner). the water had a slight "urine" smell to it (ammonia I assume?) The tank is a solid 80% in temp, It runs on a filter with charcoal pad. I have the filter on a timer and it runs multiple times a day, Id say about 10 hours a day total. I think he was getting over fed by to many people trying to take care of him also. Hes swimming around the tank and goes to the top, bottom and everywhere in between. Also I have a bare tank...for now. No gravel or decorations.
Where should I go from here, water is still cloudy. I need a solid recommendation. My wife is going to divorce me if I keep buying new things on a daily basis to try. But I want to give Jake proper care.