My daughter received a betta fish at a birthday party. Since we got one, I feel a responsibility to take good care of it and have tried my best to do so. (two weeks so far). But I have a problem! I’m hoping somebody can help…
My water in our tank has turned cloudy, not with particulates – but just cloudy.
10 gallon tank
Aqueon Power Filter
A thin layer of gravel on bottom of tank
A cave and some soft plastic plants
Keep water at 78 deg.
Tank never in direct sunlight
Feed only 2 little pellets of betta food two times per day
Change filter cartrege 1/month
1 per week change 25% of the water
Before adding new water, use conditioner
No lid so keep water 2” below tank top
At the 2nd week anniversary of our fish – the water turned cloudy. I think (but am not certain) this happened when I poured in the 2 gallons of new water into the tank. I think sediment may have been stirred up from the bottom but I’m not positive…
24 hours ago I replaced the filter cartridge two weeks earlier than planned thinking this might clean up the cloudiness, it didn’t.
So I have two theories on what might be going on but thought some expert would know for certain:
Since I keep the lid off the tank, I keep the water 2” from the top of the container. Between one week due to evaporation the water level drops to nearly 3” below top edge. My filter draws water through an intake tube down into the tank. The manual says to fill tank to 1” from top edge. So my theory is that the tank can’t pull the heavier dissolved particulates into the filter so even though water is flowing throw it’s sucking only the cleaner water leaving the cloudy stuff down in the tank. Potential solution – buy an aquarium cover and fill tank to within 1” of top.
Although not all betta sites I’ve read up on says this is a necessity – maybe I need to start “vaccuming” the gravel at the weekly changes? Not that I have a thin layer of gravel – no more than ¼” think – just to cover bottom of tank and hold articfical plants.
What do you think? What can I do to get rid of the cloudiness in my water. Any help you might be able to provide is VERY appreciated by me and my daughter.