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Old 08-03-2009, 10:38 PM   #1
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Which light makes water look less yellow?

I have a lot of driftwood in my freshwater tank and my water is slightly yellow. Since my fish are happy I don't want to tear down the tank to boil, etc, the driftwood.

Is there any color of light that would make the tank look less yellow?
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Old 08-03-2009, 10:42 PM   #2
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i had the same problem... frequent water changes will fix the yellow water, eventually they will quit releasing the tannins and you wont have that issue anymore... as far as lighting, there are no lights, imo, that would make yellow water any less yellow. after mine turned yellow, i researched dritwood big time, and finally figured all this out, along with the advice of other guys on here... they all suggested waterchanges as most any other issues with your tank would deserve...
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Boiling the wood and/or frequent water changes will take care of business, however if you don't already have one, I suggest a Fluorescent light for a natural daylight effect.
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Old 08-04-2009, 01:15 AM   #4
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just keep doing water changes. carbon will help remove the tannis from the tank but you will have to most likely replace it ever week or two. all my tanks i use daylight bulbs or 10,000k bulbs that will give you the whitest look from the lights.
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Old 08-06-2009, 12:25 AM   #5
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Water changes are the best bet to remove the tannins. You'd be surprised how clean the tank looks after changing a lot of water. I actually find the tannins appealing with certain fish.
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Apparently the tanins are very good for fish and plants, but i wonder of the dimming of the water reduces the light intensity on the plants making them photosinthesise less?
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just a little but most people have too much light anyways so it shouldnt really effect anything.
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I do my regular water changes 20-25% about every 1-1/2 to 2 weeks. So what does everyone mean by "changing lots of water"?
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I'd imagine more blue/white light would cancel out the yellow...
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just keep doing water changes. carbon will help remove the tannis from the tank but you will have to most likely replace it ever week or two. all my tanks i use daylight bulbs or 10,000k bulbs that will give you the whitest look from the lights.
Hey gamer...question for you on lights....you use 10k straight or 10k/6700? I ask because I am going to order a new bulb for my 65W PC. Any suggestions on sites to order from. I was think Drs Foster and Smithe.
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