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Old 03-12-2013, 04:35 PM   #1
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My tank looks gross! Help !

My tank has been running for a month or so we was cycling it and putting chemicals in to cycle faster and up the bacteria and lose the chlorine ( i don't remember what it was called now) and It started getting nasty looking 2 weeks ago or so . I did water changes and it just keeps looking like "lake water" .... what can I do to fix it !? ( I know the tank is to small for the two big fish please don't tell me that lol, they are just there until the big tank is up and running after I lay my carpet ! )
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:38 PM   #2
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How does the water test? Is that the only piece of wood in there? Have you had it submerged before?
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:10 PM   #3
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Idk what they are now but they was getting close to being right last time I checked .... It the only wood it's been in there for awhile before the water changes like this so I don't thing it's the wood
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I'll take it out an see what happens
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I'll take it out an see what happens
The reason I ask is because wood will put off tannins in the water and make it a brownish color. It won't just go away on its own. You'll have to remove the wood and do water changes to remove the tannin
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Anything I can do to the wood to make it ok to go back in ?
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Anything I can do to the wood to make it ok to go back in ?
It would still be fine with the tannins if this is what's doing it. The only thing is tannins will lower your ph levels. If it clears up then that would be it and if you don't want the tannins but want to have the wood then you'll need to boil it to get it out. If it is to big for a pot then some people will put it in a bath tub and fill it with boiling water. You'll have to keep doing it and replacing water till it's clear
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Ok thanks for the info I'll try to "boil" them in the tub
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:14 PM   #9
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Wow test the water. Siphon 50 percent for 4 days. When was the last time you changed filter media if its due change it. If none of these work then use accu clear. Hope this helps
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I'm not sure when we got the filter but its not old ..I'll keep changing the water and get more tests and see what happens


How long should the wood boil ?
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