08-28-2010, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
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.
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.