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Postby mark7062 » Sat Jun 23, 2007 5:42 am

hi

i'm just looking for some help regarding the colour of my water. it seems to be dirty, not cloudy but kind of yellow looking.

any ideas to the cause of this or how it can be fixed?

loooking at other posts it seems some info may be required so here goes:
72 litre tank
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2x angel fish (relatively large)
2x silver dollar
2x dwarf gourami
i have another two that i'm unsure of but they are small with an orange tail and black and white fins

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Postby krekra » Sat Jun 23, 2007 5:47 am

Hi there and welcome to the forum.

Off colored water can be a sign of dirty water from not proper cleaning, tanins in the water from bogwood leaching, fertilizer tabs leaching from being disturbed, certain substrate addatives like laterite. Inappropriate gravel, decorations that arent made for tanks....etc

So hopefully this is an easy one and you just added wood recently that hadent been pre-soaked. How about some history about your tank like its size(LxWxH) and hw long its been running, what kind of equipment, what are your water change routines like and what fish you got and how many of each.....I think that should do it!!

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Postby mark7062 » Sat Jun 23, 2007 5:58 am

thanks for the quick reply

the tank is 85cm long x 37cm wide x 55cm tall

it's been running for about two years now, i change about 10% of the water weekly and change the filters at regular intervals. i have given the details of my fish and things in my first post.

i have a carbon pad that i was going to put in my filter but wasnt sure if this would help.

do you think this should be easy to sort out?

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Postby krekra » Sat Jun 23, 2007 6:06 am

mark7062 wrote:thanks for the quick reply

the tank is 85cm long x 37cm wide x 55cm tall

it's been running for about two years now, i change about 10% of the water weekly and change the filters at regular intervals. i have given the details of my fish and things in my first post.


sorry I saw your fishy list....the question is just force of habit :oops: Its early where I am!!

SO has your water always been off color or is this something new?? As for the filters you shouldnt really have to change anything unless the filter pad is falling apart. All I do when my filter starts running slow is give the filter sponges a quick squeeze in the siphoned out tank water. I will also clean the impeller occasionally but I hardly ever change out the filter media as this is where the goodies live.

Hey the other possability is something called Green water. Its a type of free floating organism similar to algea. If you put some tank water in a clear glass and hold it up to a piece of white paper does it look tea colored or greenish??
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Postby mark7062 » Sat Jun 23, 2007 6:10 am

yeah i can see it's early!!

yeah it does look tea coloured.

it is a new problem, it's not really bad but takes a little away from the effect of a nice aquarium

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Postby krekra » Sat Jun 23, 2007 6:30 am

Do you have wood in there and how long has it been in there

Is the water clear or cloudy??

Some carbon wouldnt hurt and may help polish the water a little

when you do a water change do you vacume the gravel or clean it in any other way??

Also at 72 liters your fish choices are a bit large. I think you have some overstocking issues that may be adding to your dirty water.
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Postby Wolfgirl » Sat Jun 23, 2007 6:31 am

Have you recently added a piece of bogwood?
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Postby Tigerhair » Sat Jun 23, 2007 1:50 pm

Yeah, when I had a tank with a lot of bogwood in it did go a little brownish.
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