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i recently set up a 55g with a MGO base capped in 1-2in of black diamond blasting abrasive, in the past few days though my tank has turned the color of tea (and i mean dark tea, think earl grey or light coffee even) and i can barely see through to the back because of how dark the water has been dyed. does anyone have any advice on how to fix this?
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Water Change!!! Do 50% to 75% water change everyday or other day until it has clear up.
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Water Change!!! Do 50% to 75% water change everyday or other day until it has clear up.
i was afraid that would be the only solution... so far my purigen isnt making a dent and even water changes only temporarily fix the problem
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do you have driftwood in there? if so its the tannis leaking out.

just keep on with the water changes and it will clear up eventually



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do you have driftwood in there? if so its the tannis leaking out.

just keep on with the water changes and it will clear up eventually
no driftwood, just the soil base which likely contains a fair amount of wood chips
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i was afraid that would be the only solution... so far my purigen isnt making a dent and even water changes only temporarily fix the problem
Water change is always the best solution. Only do chemical as the last resort.
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Tannins aren't harmful, they're just unattractive to some people (google blackwater aquariums; some are quite lovely). I hear activated carbon filters will help alleviate the coloring when water changes are overwhelming.

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Been there! In fact, 2 months after setting my tank up with MGOPM and an ecocomplete cap, the water is still a watery tea color within a week of doing a water change. Not as dark as originally, but if I look at the tank from the side I can really tell. It doesn't really bother me so I don't sweat it.
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Been there! In fact, 2 months after setting my tank up with MGOPM and an ecocomplete cap, the water is still a watery tea color within a week of doing a water change. Not as dark as originally, but if I look at the tank from the side I can really tell. It doesn't really bother me so I don't sweat it.
i'm hooking 3 eheim canister filters in a row all filled with carbon, if that doesnt fix it nothing will, i also did a 50% water change, i can now see the back of the tank

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Water change is your best solution. You can try to stuff one of the three eheim with sponges and filter floss to help with mechanical filtration.

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Another option, albeit an expensive one, is to run a diatom filter. I bought one years back when i first planted with Flourite and didn't rinse it thorough enough. Within 1/2 hour of running, the water was crystal clear. It's not something I use regularly anymore, so it's hard to justify $100 cost. However. when when I do need it, it clears the water to the point that it's crystal clear. I typically used it to polish the water after rescaping or if I upset the substrate in my non-planted tanks while heavily cleaning the gravel. Also, it doesn't affect the biological filter or change water parameters. Although, I would think it probably pulls some nutrients out of the water column.
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Yeah I did this. I let it go for a month (Deep red, couldn't see 1/2 an inch into the tank). Then I did a 100% water change down to the cap. Filled it up, waited a few hours, and did a 100% wc again. After the 4th or 5th one it was only a light yellow, so I started adding fish.

S'what happens when you don't skim the wood chips out of mgopm
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Another option, albeit an expensive one, is to run a diatom filter. I bought one years back when i first planted with Flourite and didn't rinse it thorough enough. Within 1/2 hour of running, the water was crystal clear. It's not something I use regularly anymore, so it's hard to justify $100 cost. However. when when I do need it, it clears the water to the point that it's crystal clear. I typically used it to polish the water after rescaping or if I upset the substrate in my non-planted tanks while heavily cleaning the gravel. Also, it doesn't affect the biological filter or change water parameters. Although, I would think it probably pulls some nutrients out of the water column.
Thanks for the advice! I just got lucky and bought one off of craigslist for $30, I pick it up tomorrow!
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Thanks for the advice! I just got lucky and bought one off of craigslist for $30, I pick it up tomorrow!
Good score. Let us know how you make out.
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Will do! Thanks for all the advice!
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