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Old 08-10-2005, 05:15 PM   #1
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Rust??

There are brown/orange/redish spots showing up on the white gravel, and plants. What is this cause from?! I am getting worried about the tank. I just did a water change on Monday.
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are you sure its not your tapwater?
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Old 08-10-2005, 05:55 PM   #3
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I just tested water

Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - .8
Nitrate - 50
Ph - 8

These numbers are from the Test kits from Nutrafin

Edit: GreenM I used the Water conditioner when i added tap water. I cap full for every 5 gallons added, which was about 5 buckets.
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How old is your tank? If it's a new tank, maybe it's just diatoms. Keep on the regular water changes til that nitrite is at 0.
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I got the tank about a month and a half ago.

Is that .8 nirite reason enought to do a water change right now?
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Diatoms, and yes, go ahead with that water-change.
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Okay going to go do the water change in about 30 min after reading some more stuff on the forums.

But will the Diatoms eventually go away and take the little brown spots with them?
what is the correct term for the spot Diatoms or is that what causes it?
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Sounds like diatoms. I had that problem early with my tank.
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Okay I just did my water change, and I retested the Nirites and it was even HIGHER at around 1.4-1.6

whats going on here! are the nutrafin test kits bad or is something just wrong with my tank.

I took out 15 gal or 60L and then put in about 2 and a half caps of the Aqua Plus tap water treatment liquid.
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I just retested the nitrites (for 3rd time today) and it's gone back done from 1.6 to .8

so It has gone from
.8 --- water Change --- 1.6 Immediatly after water change ---- .8 3 hours after water change....


I added 4 Angels but that first test that showed .8 was like 2 min after I stuck them in the tank. and before today last time I did a water change was on Monday. so something is wacky here. Beacuse are you not suppose to do PWC once Nitrites hit about .3 ppm?
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The diatoms will go away on their own. You could get some ottos to help eat it if you have the room. Since your tank is still not cycled thats probably a bad idea. Angels are very sensitive to water quality, make sure you change water every day, if you are showing nitrite levels. Are you using a liquid or a strip test kit? The reason I ask is test strips are very inaccurate.
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I am using the liquid ones.
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I agree that it's diatoms. They're ugly, annoying, but harmless - and they wipe off easily.
In fact, their presence is a sign that your tank is maturing into a stable ecosystem.
In a few weeks/months, they will pretty much disappear on their own and be replaced by green spot algae, which is unfortunately much harder to remove.

I found that my diatom problems went away a few weeks after adding some live plants. I still have them in my unplanted tanks, but not nearly as bad as it used to be.
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