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LoganLennox 05-01-2010 10:07 AM

Yellow water please help?!?!
I added a piece of driftwood to my tank a little while ago and recently I swapped some over grown plants for new plants in my tank. I soaked the driftwood for nearly 8 hours... I forgot about it lol... scrubbed it got all the little ends off... but suddenly as of the past few days my water has been turning yellow. The fish all seem fine seem fine, but is the wood causeing the color and what can I do about it? Any help or advise is appreciated.

Meenu 05-01-2010 10:16 AM

It's normal for driftwood to release tanins into the water, causing it to have a yellow tinge. Driftwood should be cured by boiling it for hours at a time, several times to avoid the yellowing.

Adding activated carbon to your tank and changing it frequently can help, as do frequent and large water changes. However, without actually curing driftwood, the yellow water can last several months.

There is nothing bad for the fish, by the way, and some people love the look of the more natural-looking water.

LoganLennox 05-01-2010 10:32 AM

Thank You for the quick response. I have to admit it does have a kind of natural appeal, but I was unsure if I did something wrong. I was told they were cured before distribution but not quite sure what they meant I just let it soak. I will keep thn mind for the next time. Thanks again.

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