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I have a question about water. I do weekly water changes for the past year that I've had my tank. The only thing that I have done different this time is buy cichlid pellet food. I changed my water Monday. This morning, Thursday,I noticed my water looking brackish. Does cichlid pellet food change the color of your water?
 

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mamia said:
I have a question about water. I do weekly water changes for the past year that I've had my tank. The only thing that I have done different this time is buy cichlid pellet food. I changed my water Monday. This morning, Thursday,I noticed my water looking brackish. Does cichlid pellet food change the color of your water?
I think it could be depending on what fish you have and what substrate you have.
 

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Did you add wood? Some wood will tinge the water brownish p for a long time...even if its cured correctly.
 

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mamia said:
Bare bottom, angel fish, blue gourami, pearl gourami, honey gourami, and a few fish i'm not sure what they are. I took them in yesterday. Never had anything but a crystal clear aquarium until the feeding of the chiclid pellets.
Ok, so it is not kicked up sand. Like Nobote said do you have any wood? Also, how long does it take for them to eat it?
 
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Nobote said:
Did you add wood? Some wood will tinge the water brownish p for a long time...even if its cured correctly.
No. I have a large Cholla log that has been in my aquarium since day one a year ago. It's just baffling me why it's turning that color and I'm wondering if anyone else has had that problem using cichlid pellets?
 

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mamia said:
No. I have a large Cholla log that has been in my aquarium since day one a year ago. It's just baffling me why it's turning that color and I'm wondering if anyone else has had that problem using cichlid pellets?
Did you boil the wood at all?
 
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NC122606 said:
Ok, so it is not kicked up sand. Like Nobote said do you have any wood? Also, how long does it take for them to eat it?
My son has been feeding them He said just a pinch and they eat it pretty fast. I told him today no more.

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Did you boil the wood at all?
Yes, and I soaked it for 3 weeks before adding it to the tank, but that was a year ago.
 

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Yes, and I soaked it for 3 weeks before adding it to the tank, but that was a year ago.
Do you have your ph reading before this happened? I suggest testing it now to see if it is tannins.
 
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This is the color the water is turning.
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mamia said:
This is the color the water is turning.
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It could be because your tank is not cycled? Which causes dissolved organic waste. Do you have your readings?
Also, what is your tank size?
 
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Oh no. I just remembered I put 3 peas in the tank for 3 days. The old angelfish I just got had swim bladder, I was told to give her peas for 3 days. She is doing fine now, so far. Sorry that might have something to do with it...oh boy. My tank is a retirement home of unwanted fish

Should I boil it? For how long?

Here's a pic.
 

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NC122606 said:
It could be because your tank is not cycled? Which causes dissolved organic waste. Do you have your readings?
Also, what is your tank size?
Tank is 65 gallon. To be quite honest I have a brand new test kit that I used in the very beginning last year a couple times and since my readings were always spot-on, I've just been changing my water every week and never had an issue until this week. Like I said the only thing I could think of was the cichlid pellets turning the water Brown, but then I just remembered the peas for the old girl. I will have to break out my kit and test the water. I will definitely do a water change tomorrow.
 

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mamia said:
Tank is 65 gallon. To be quite honest I have a brand new test kit that I used in the very beginning last year a couple times and since my readings were always spot-on, I've just been changing my water every week and never had an issue until this week. Like I said the only thing I could think of was the cichlid pellets turning the water Brown, but then I just remembered the peas for the old girl. I will have to break out my kit and test the water. I will definitely do a water change tomorrow.
If you already have done one you should be ok without another. So your tank is cycled I am still thinking that it is Tannins. Only thing I would do is test ph.
Also, I do not think that food would change the water color, even with Anthias it would probably not change the watercolor. (Anthias is a Saltwater fish that needs almost 6 feedings per day.)
 
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If you already have done one you should be ok without another. So your tank is cycled I am still thinking that it is Tannins. Only thing I would do is test ph.
Also, I do not think that food would change the water color, even with Anthias it would probably not change the watercolor. (Anthias is a Saltwater fish that needs almost 6 feedings per day.)
Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge with me. Going to test ph .
 

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Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge with me. Going to test ph .
You are welcome! That is what you come for a forum for.
 

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