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Old 09-20-2006, 12:59 PM   #1
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My 55 gallon has taken on this orangish-tan tint. Am I correct in assuming it's probably from the driftwood i put in there a week or so ago? All parameters are normal. Pwc's can be done to keep this in check while the wood settles in, right?
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Sounds like the tannins. It will not hurt anything. AC in the filter will help remove it as well. Depending on the type of wood it could last a long time.
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Thanx. Just thought of another related question. Would it be beneficial to just leave it like that? I've read a number of fish will be happier in clouded water from peat, but how about tannins? If it won't make a difference I'll try to keep it down, but if it would encourage my angels to hook-up...
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Yes, some fish do like that kind of water. It should not be cloudy just yellowish. For what it is worth my angels hooked up when I gave them their own tank. They regularly lay eggs after a water change.
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I had a simular issue with a 150 gal deep setup I had at my house a few years ago. I was not getting optimal filtration as well, so I added a canister filter with Activated Carbon, and by the end of the night I had crystal clear water. Its really amazing what it can do.

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Since you aren't planted I would just throw in some AC. I did and it cleared up my "iced tea" water within a day or two.
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