06-13-2008, 10:42 PM
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Problem with Aquarium/Vivarium Water Turning Brown
Hi all - I have an aquarium/vivarium that has a concrete 'wall' seperating the aquarium from the coconut fiber dirt of the vivarium island. Because the concrete is porous, it lets nice fish-water into the vivarium area and keeps my plants well watered and healthy - but the side effect is that the coconut fiber 'tea' can pass back through the concrete, and is staining my water a murky/cloudy brown. My fish do just fine in it, but it makes my aquarium look forever dirty, and doesn't show off my fish well. Is there anything I can do that will clear up the water, and not kill the fish or vivarium plants?
On another note - I would like to make another aquarium/terrarium soon. Is there anything I can do in advance of building to fix this problem? I don't really want to section off my vivarium with plastic sheeting inside the concrete, since the ever-moving fish water is doing wonders for the plants, but I will if I have to.