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orange water help

Postby ruddy » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:43 pm

Hi I am new to the site and just wondered if anyone could give advice on a water quality problem, I do water changes weekly around 15-20% but my water has always got an orange tint to it I'm not sure weather it is due to over feeding or lack of uv. I have only 180 ltrs at min and in process of finding bigger tank but really want to figure out what this is before I upgrade to the larger tank so I don't have the same problem with more water to deal with, would really appreciate some advice thanks Alan
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Re: orange water help

Postby pandacory » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:49 pm

have you got any bog wood in the tank as this leeches tannins which will turn the water an orange/weak tea colour
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Re: orange water help

Postby ruddy » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:55 pm

Hi stuart yes I have a small 9-10" piece which I cured for 3 weeks changing water daily until clear do you suppose this could still be leaking tannin as the water is warmer than the water I cured it in?
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Re: orange water help

Postby pandacory » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:05 pm

very likely it is. I cured some years ago and it was still staining the water 3 years later. It has no diverse effect on the fish so it is nothing to worry about.
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Re: orange water help

Postby ruddy » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:16 pm

That would explain why all parameters are ok , I was just a bit concerned as I've recently started to feed hikari gold and it contains carrotine I believe but I'm only feeding around 10-15 3 mm pellets twice daily and none get left behind
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Re: orange water help

Postby Carylnz » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:17 pm

Add some charcoal to the filter. This helps remove the tannins a bit too.
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Re: orange water help

Postby ruddy » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:28 pm

Thanks carylnz will do :D
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Re: orange water help

Postby ady » Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:53 am

as suggested the charcoal will help.it does sound like the bog wood is the cause.....

problem is not all bog wood is true bogwood and not had the time to break down properly...and therefore the tannins keep leaching out,even after soaking/curing....

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Re: orange water help

Postby ruddy » Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:54 pm

Thanks I think I will just remove it, I would prefer to see clean water than bog wood so I will just stick with plants and make more of a feature with rock formations,,,,,thanks again for all the replies
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Re: orange water help

Postby Carylnz » Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:48 am

The water is clean, it just isn't clear :wink:
A number of fish love that darker tannin tint - especially angels, but it doesn't always look so good in a display tank.
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