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Old 03-08-2006, 07:34 PM
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Default Water feature has red/yellow(aka BROWN) water. Good or bad?

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In my 55 gallon tank, my water feature which is about 4 inches deep and measures 12"L x 12" W has turned red/yellow/brown I can't tell ops: . Its been like this for a while now. I assume that it is like this because of the the oak and magnolia leaves I put in there during the autumn. Am I correct in assuming this?
Also, is this a good thing or a bad thing for frogs/tadpoles (not that I will have any anytime soon).

I will post a pic later. Its actually kinda yellowish.
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Old 03-08-2006, 08:12 PM
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Sounds like Tannic Acid to me. Should be harmless.
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Old 03-08-2006, 08:26 PM
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If the water is just colored, and is still clear (easy to see thru) its probibly just the tannic acids from the oak leaves. Its pretty common as the leaves with lots of tannins in them break down (oak is more likely in this case).

You actually just made a form of "tadpole tea", the water is now acidic much like the water that they are probibly in in the wild (depending on species and such) and the acidity will hell keep fungus levels and what not down, and is actually healthy for the tadpole. Matt Mirabello sells a Tadpole Tea Powder made from Oak leaves that you can use to make tadpole tea and tadpole tea concentrate, and let me tell you, its good stuff. I also use Wild Almond leaves to make tadpole tea, and lemme tell you the tads also love to munch the leaf skeletons left over from it!

If for some reason you don't want it in your tank (no, its not harmful, its actually kinda good, but some people don't want their water tannic looking because it doesn't look "crystal clear clean" like they wanted in their tanks - even tho its "natural" for the PDFs lol) filter the water with activated carbon and it will remove the coloration of the water.
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Old 03-09-2006, 12:20 AM
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No I think I like it. It is clear water. My amazon sword plant likes the conditions too, though Im not sure if its due to the tannins or everything else.

Here is a pick. Looks kinda yellowish with the flash.

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Old 03-09-2006, 12:22 AM
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Yup, tannins, you're good to go, and yes, your swordplant will probibly love you like no other for tannin water lol.
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Old 03-09-2006, 12:30 AM
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You know, I've been soo busy at work that I didnt remember to test the pH even though Im surrounded by pH inidicators of all kind there. Will do tomorrow.
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