Deep Orange Colour! Help!

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Hi there!

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  • 20% water change with half R.O half well water, yes I am using a water conditioner.
  • 39 gal tank, two separate established carbon filters one rated 50 gal, one 30 gal either side of aquarium, good flow no dead zones.
  • Not overstocked, 8 gold barbs, 2 small gouramis, one 2 inch clown pleco
  • planted aquarium, only 4 plants though, none red tinted all healthy and bright green
  • no real wood, black substrate and fake wood features
  • Tank itself has been established for a couple months, filters more on older aquariums, bio is no problem I believe.
  • Ammonia no problem, low.
  • Ph slightly over neutral
  • Temp 75 f
Aquarium started off fine, totally normal and clear. Fish added no problem, slowly to allow for no spikes in ammonia, etc. Water slowly started changing dark orange, yes that's right orange.
No algae problem, I do not believe it is red algae. If I do a large water change, it will help (obviously) but within a few days the water will become almost unbearably dark orange. Any help would be greatly appreciated! PLEASE HELP ME FISHLORE FORUMS :banghead::banghead::banghead:

Forgot to add, aquarium was put through completely normal nitrogen cycle before any fish/plants added
 

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cnnormalc said:
Hi there!

Info:
  • 20% water change with half R.O half well water, yes I am using a water conditioner.
  • 39 gal tank, two separate established carbon filters one rated 50 gal, one 30 gal either side of aquarium, good flow no dead zones.
  • Not overstocked, 8 gold barbs, 2 small gouramis, one 2 inch clown pleco
  • planted aquarium, only 4 plants though, none red tinted all healthy and bright green
  • no real wood, black substrate and fake wood features
  • Tank itself has been established for a couple months, filters more on older aquariums, bio is no problem I believe.
  • Ammonia no problem, low.
  • Ph slightly over neutral
  • Temp 75 f
Aquarium started off fine, totally normal and clear. Fish added no problem, slowly to allow for no spikes in ammonia, etc. Water slowly started changing dark orange, yes that's right orange.
No algae problem, I do not believe it is red algae. If I do a large water change, it will help (obviously) but within a few days the water will become almost unbearably dark orange. Any help would be greatly appreciated! PLEASE HELP ME FISHLORE FORUMS :banghead::banghead::banghead:
Welcome to Fishlore! Orange water! whoa!

Hmmm... interesting. Forgive me for some basic questions here:

1. what testing kit are you using for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, ph?
2. have you had your well water tested?
3. i don't really know what you mean by "tank has been established for a couple months, filters more on older aquariums" - a tank is established when the bacteria colonies that grow basically cover everything - filter media, decorations, substrate, etc. meaning it can handle and process things like an accidental over feed or even a dead critter in there less than 12 hours without seeing spikes (at least, that's what it means to me lolz)

hopefully we can help
 
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Jenoli42 said:
Welcome to Fishlore! Orange water! whoa!

Hmmm... interesting. Forgive me for some basic questions here:

1. what testing kit are you using for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, ph?
2. have you had your well water tested?
3. i don't really know what you mean by "tank has been established for a couple months, filters more on older aquariums" - a tank is established when the bacteria colonies that grow basically cover everything - filter media, decorations, substrate, etc. meaning it can handle and process things like an accidental over feed or even a dead critter in there less than 12 hours without seeing spikes (at least, that's what it means to me lolz)

hopefully we can help
Hi,

Thanks for the quick re!

1. Using API kits
2. All of my well water goes through extensive filtering, removing iron etc. through api kits they read normal kh, gh, etc.
3. Filter media has been in use with another larger tank, so bacteria was established in the filters before adding to this aquarium to help with starting cycle, still left for a good 4-5 weeks though before fish

Haven't had this problem with my other aquarium for some reason! Might be some strange bacteria colony that came up with my plants or something (new to planted) or from the soil however I used a trusted soil brand (forget which) and acquired plants from trusted fish/aquarium hobby store.

One other question if doesn't clear in a few months would building a sump/purchasing a nice, long-term cartridge really help or be around the same (I don't have much bio-media, just in the larger of the two filters, hoped that would be enough for the bacteria to do it's job). I doubt bacteria would rid of a rust colour though... I thought it might be rust but we do have a dedicated iron remover (don't know the technical term) that rids a good amount but not all from the well water.
 

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Either iron or clay was my first thought. Can you get a picture?

OH! What kind of artificial wood? Could it be leaching something into the water?
 
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2211Nighthawk said:
That decoration defiantly has some orange to it... hmm...
Given it a good scrub every now and then too... might keep it out of the water for a while thanks! Hopefully that's the problem..
Will still update tm with pictures etc. Any more tips/causes anyone can think of would be appreciated!
 
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