Brown Water?!

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  1. mamia

    mamiaNew MemberMember

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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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    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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    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.
     
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    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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    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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    Did you boil the wood at all?
     
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    My son has been feeding them :( He said just a pinch and they eat it pretty fast. I told him today no more.

    Yes, and i soaked it for 3 weeks before adding it to the tank, but that was a year ago.
     
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    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. 1565318373059-1449542267.
     
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    It might be Tannins. Just be careful about your ph and softness.
     
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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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    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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    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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    Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge with me. Going to test ph .
     
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    You are welcome! That is what you come for a forum for. :)
     
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