Aquarium water can turn cloudy due to bacterial growth, minerals leaching into the water, or presence of microscopic debris that the filter cannot remove. A bloom of bacterial growth is the most common cause, particularly in newer tanks. It can take months for a new tank's ecosystem to establish itself.
Even in a more established tank, anything that upsets the chemistry of the tank can cause water to turn cloudy. A dead fish, overfeeding or simple fluctuations in water chemistry can result in rapid growth of bacteria that makes the water cloudy. Over-cleaning filters and making considerable changes to the water can also upset the water chemistry and turn the water cloudy. Cutting back on feeding, vacuuming the gravel and making a small partial water change often clears up the tank within a few days.Learn More
Female molly fish have a small anal fin below their bellies and males have a modified fin that looks like a short stick. Males also tend to be smaller than females.Full Answer >
Build your own fish tank by attaching four pieces of glass to a glass bottom using caulk and adding a light on the top. This project takes less than 60 minutes, though it may take longer it you are cutting your own glass. You need five pieces of glass, duct tape, clear aquarium silicone caulk, a Coralife mini-compact light fixture, a caulking gun, acetone, a razor blade and some paper towels.Full Answer >
Tap water should sit for at least an hour before adding any fish to the bowl. The water must be room temperature.Full Answer >
The life span of a betta fish varies, and they can live anywhere from 3 to 10 years. The environment in which they are raised is the biggest determining factor.Full Answer >