Asked on Oct 06, 2013

Used Fake Water to Make Fish Bowl, Turned Cloudy, What Went Wrong?

I make accessories for doll houses and the latest is this small fish bowl. It has a plastic plant and fish and gravel, but after sitting overnight, the 'water' turned cloudy. I used the "fake water" used in making flower arrangements. What went wrong? All comments are appreciated!
Why did the "water" turn cloudy?
  12 answers
  • Mary Insana Mary Insana on Oct 06, 2013
    Did you rinse and dry the gravel before you put in the fake water? The gravel usually has residue from rubbing around in the bag.
  • Julie Benson-Grant Julie Benson-Grant on Oct 06, 2013
    Thanks Mary. I did wash and dry it first. The fake water was the kind that has to be heated, and I am wondering if the heat made color leech from the fake plants. Or maybe the rock? I don't know, but this attempt is ruined for sure.
  • Mary Insana Mary Insana on Oct 06, 2013
    Or maybe you have chemicals in your water that reacted with the fake water. Do you still have the packaging? Give the company a call and ask what it could have been. They may offer to replace the ruined one or send you a coupon. Can't hurt to ask :)
  • Alice Harley-Wosnig Alice Harley-Wosnig on Oct 08, 2013
    The fish looks like they are swollen up and the plant melted. Maybe because it was heated?
  • Michela Shoemaker Michela Shoemaker on Oct 08, 2013
    Depending on the "fake water" you use it can have a bad reaction with the plastic and sort of melt it and give it that cloudy look. One time I took a glass bowl and filled it with plastic stones and filled with the resin. I was so proud of this, it was the most beautiful bowl I had ever seen. Until the next morning and it was just one big cloud.
  • Julie Benson-Grant Julie Benson-Grant on Oct 08, 2013
    I'm beginning to think that was it. Now I just have to figure out what to use that won't end up looking like this!
  • Jwo Lu Jwo Lu on Oct 08, 2013
    You could try making the water in smaller batches and do layers. A lot of resins heat up more in larger quantities.
  • Jane Shepard Jane Shepard on Oct 08, 2013
    Help answer this question...WASH GRAVEL IN SALT WATER WILL LOCK COLOR
  • Esther Carr Esther Carr on Feb 08, 2014
    I'm no whiz on this one, but how about using distilled water?
  • Esther Carr Esther Carr on Feb 08, 2014
    I apologize for putting in my two cents - will be more careful next time. tks for writing me. ec
  • Victoria Muzik Victoria Muzik on Feb 21, 2015
  • Mrs P Mrs P on Feb 18, 2017

    Tell them you forgot to clean the fish bowl, maybe they won't notice it's fake water, I have real fish, sorry !