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So I did a 90% water change yesterday morning. I noticed that it started getting cloudy again last night. This morning the water wasn't any cloudier but when I tested the water the nitrate was 0 but the ammonia was really high. It was at 8 ppm. My tank and my room smelled like ammonia

I emptied out the water and plants. Pulled all the osmocote I could find. Rinsed the substrate 3 times and then put back the plants refilled the tank. I tested the water again before I left for work. It was between 0.25-0.5ppm. I'm going test the water again when I get back from work.

Currently, I don't have any fish in the tank. Just plants. Do you think having the ammonia at 0.25-05ppm is ok? And if I do add a betta would the ammonia have be at 0 before I add him/her?
 

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just tested the water. the water is cloudy but the ammonia is 0. does that mean the tank is cycled?
I am going to test it again tomorrow morning and do a 50% water change to see if I could clear up the cloudy water.
 

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Don't touch it, wait for the cloud to go away. Cloudy water sometimes known is new tank syndrome is good. Mean you have a bacteria bloom (could also be loose dust). .25 amonia ppm is fine.

Wait for the cloud to go away.
 
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