There is always always always stuff in my betta’s tank, and it of course gets stirred up after water changes. I always vacuum up the waste I can find and clean out dead plant matter. But no amount of cleaning helps. I suspect some of this floating stuff is normal. It takes an hour or two to settle. But it’s still there, just settled.
I just performed a 60-75% water change and scrubbed everything down to battle hair algae. I tried to vacuum the mystery stuff up during this to no avail. There was still lots in the water I left in the tank.
I’m always worried about now much there tends to be. What can I expect to find in a tank? What is normal to find/see?
Tank and care details:
I change my betta tank water weekly, about 20-40% depending on algae, waste, and evaporation levels. The tank is 10 gallons (38 liters) with lots of plants, one plastic and one natural log. Black sand substrate. Heater and standard filter system. Fed 3 pellets twice daily.
I test parameters every week as well: 0ppm nitrate and nitrite, and a 7.2-7.8 pH reading and .25ppm ammonia reading (I’ve never been able to lower pH and ammonia... due to all the stuff in the tank?).