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Purigen causing cloudiness?

I got sick of all the tannins staining my tank so I threw a bag of purigen in my tank (4 gal evolve). I just looked at the water and white/cloudy. Is this from the purigen or did this someone cause a crazy cycle or something? I did rinse the purigen before I put it in and didn't see much come off it. My betta doesnt seem to be stressed out but it is stressing me out.

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Sounds like a bacteria bloom, probably caused by disturbing the filter while adding the purigen. Is the tank fulling cycled?
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The tank has been set up for probably 3 or 4 weeks. When I tested last ammonia was at 0. Is this bacteria bloom dangerous for the betta?
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The bacteria that grow so fast as to cause cloudy water are not harmful to fish, and they usually grow really fast then give up in a short time, a few days to a week. In that small a tank and with just one fish you could do something close to 100% water change to get rid of them.
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Sounds like a bacteria bloom, probably caused by disturbing the filter while adding the purigen. Is the tank fulling cycled?
Purigen wouldn't cause cloudy water. I think Desmond is right, it's a bacteria bloom.
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Just out of curiosity:
1) Did you just do a large water change (water could be heavily oxygenated if is aerated tap water)?
2) what's your plant/livestock?
3) Did you slowly pour water into tank? could be disturbing substrate from water change also
4) as others have said ...bacterial bloom if it's a fairly new tank
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