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Old 08-28-2010, 01:28 PM   #21
 
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How long should it take the water to loose the iron color it has? I don't think i want to stick a fish in there if it's that color.
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Old 08-28-2010, 01:34 PM   #22
 
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How long should it take the water to loose the iron color it has? I don't think i want to stick a fish in there if it's that color.
Looking at your photos, I don't understand the "iron" colour (iron to me means reddish, the photos show some whitish cloudiness that should dissipate). Am I missing something? Perhaps you could add a new photo to this thread of just the whole tank?
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Old 08-28-2010, 01:46 PM   #23
 
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Here's a picture of how it's been looking the past couple days. The water seemed to be clear the first day and now it looks like this. Yesterday I even did a 1/3 water change hoping that would help. I'm not sure what's going on with this.
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Old 08-28-2010, 03:13 PM   #24
 
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There are two possible causes, the substrate and wood. I checked your log again, the substrate is "sand" and appears black in those photos so I will assume it is not an enriched substrate like Flourite or something. Regular sand (play sand?) would be the whitish/greyish cloudiness earlier until it settles, not red. So I suspect the wood is leeching tannins. I see a chunk standing in one corner. Was it soaked or boiled previously? If not, it is probably leeching tannins. They are completely harmless to fish and plants, and will dissipate in time depending upon the age of the wood and any prior soaking.

From your photos and details int his thread, this is my take on the reddish tint. I've had it from wood many times.

I do like your aquascape, as I've mentioned. Very nice, it makes the tank look larger.

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Old 08-28-2010, 03:51 PM   #25
 
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A five gallon tank is OK 5 neon tetras and a few other low bioload inhabitants( shrimp, snails). 6 neons is for the best but 5 are acceptable.

also look into
- dwarf african frog
- bettas
- ghost shrimp
- white clouds
- 3 MALE guppys may also work
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Old 08-28-2010, 03:57 PM   #26
 
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I would not recommend neons for a 3g tank; in post #9 I went into why and made some suggestions that would be OK.
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Old 08-28-2010, 04:16 PM   #27
 
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There are two possible causes, the substrate and wood. I checked your log again, the substrate is "sand" and appears black in those photos so I will assume it is not an enriched substrate like Flourite or something. Regular sand (play sand?) would be the whitish/greyish cloudiness earlier until it settles, not red. So I suspect the wood is leeching tannins. I see a chunk standing in one corner. Was it soaked or boiled previously? If not, it is probably leeching tannins. They are completely harmless to fish and plants, and will dissipate in time depending upon the age of the wood and any prior soaking.

From your photos and details int his thread, this is my take on the reddish tint. I've had it from wood many times.

I do like your aquascape, as I've mentioned. Very nice, it makes the tank look larger.

Byron.
I do have another substrate under the black sand, I used First Layer Pure Laterite for planted aquariums. and i didn't have enough so i put the black sand over, more estically pleasing as well. the drift wood is on the small size, about the size of my hand, i have small hands.

as for the fish, i think i'll be putting a betta in the tank...just not till i figure out this water thing.
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Old 08-28-2010, 04:30 PM   #28
 
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I would not recommend neons for a 3g tank; in post #9 I went into why and made some suggestions that would be OK.
its a 5 gallon tank.
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Old 08-28-2010, 04:30 PM   #29
 
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I do have another substrate under the black sand, I used First Layer Pure Laterite for planted aquariums. and i didn't have enough so i put the black sand over, more estically pleasing as well. the drift wood is on the small size, about the size of my hand, i have small hands.

as for the fish, i think i'll be putting a betta in the tank...just not till i figure out this water thing.
There's your red, the laterite. That is an iron clay. Earlier an undergravel filter was mentioned--is that in this tank, or was it changed?
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Old 08-28-2010, 06:45 PM   #30
 
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There's your red, the laterite. That is an iron clay. Earlier an undergravel filter was mentioned--is that in this tank, or was it changed?
I took the undergravel one to work. This one has a filter on the top. if you see in the photo, the light and the filter are one unit and it sits in the middle of the tank. i'm not sure how to describe it.
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