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Old 02-15-2012, 03:07 PM   #1 
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Really dirty/cloudy water whenever cleaning tank

My 5 gallon tank has been running for about 7 months now - it has live plants and one betta fish in it.

Whenever I change the water (50% once a week), all this really gross sediment and other unknown but yucky looking particles start floating around. After putting the filter back on, it'll clear within half an hour.

I do make sure I clean the gravel whenever I do a water change.

Is this normal?

It's really gross
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Old 02-15-2012, 03:15 PM   #2 
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This happens in my tank too! I don't know if I'm doing something wrong with the plants or what....
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:44 PM   #3 
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Is it in the gravel or always floating? If it's in the gravel, yes that's totally fine. All the waste falls down there and starts to get broken down. That's the point of gravel vacuuming :) Some of it will float around during a water change and will settle back down after a bit. That's fine too.
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That is completely normal in a planted tank. I'm not entirely sure why, but you always get a lot more gunk in your gravel.
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:33 AM   #5 
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Mathkid - glad I'm not the only one. It's super gross, isn't it?

SmokeNLark and Bombalurina - thank you! Yes, it's just stuff that lurks in the gravel. Never knew how much waste and whatnot gets in the tank just from palnts, it's amazingly yuck



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