10-04-2010, 05:45 PM
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Cutar, from what you've mentioned and seeing the photo, I am inclined to think this is just a bacteria bloom. Tanks sometimes get this, especially recently set-up (new) tanks. It will dissipate on its own; additional water changes will only worsen it, it has to work its way through.
Weekly water changes are good, every week, regardless of what the water looks like or anything else. Use the conditioner at each water change, and amquel for the ammonia is fine. The plants will use ammonia/ammonium as their preferred source of nitrogen so things should settle. I don't believe there is anything to worry about now.
If it were tannins from the wood, the water would be yellowish-brown, not white. If that is real wood, I would not recommend coating it with anything, that is likely to cause more trouble. Real wood will do no harm, aside from possible tannin colouration for a time, but that is fine for the fish.