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jefowler 04-07-2008 10:08 PM

Petsmart employee needs help!!!
I have a very strange question for everybody. Ever heard of pink water? This past month I have had two customers complain of pink/purplish water tint. One customer even brought in a sample of her airline tubing where it was submerged in water had turned neon pink! One customer has well water/goldfish/high ammonia/new tank/high nitrites/high nitrates/pink-purple-yellow gravel. The other customer has city water/tropical fish/established tank/high ammonia/aquarium marbles. Any ideas what could be causing this? Ever heard of it before?

herefishy 04-07-2008 11:59 PM

High ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates would mean an uncycled or very dirty tank. The tint could be attributed to the leaching of dye from the gravel. The gravel is probably not color-fast. The colored gravel could also be causing the high readings, but that is a long shot.

Texasguy 04-08-2008 10:11 AM

I remenber not to long ago going to a LFS and seeing a recall on all gravel maded by topfin in the last yr. Do to color fast not holding and also some bags being recalled for tints in the gravel cause color changes in the water. maybe they've got some of this gravel?

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