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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-11-2017, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Tank has gone cloudy brown

Hey guys,

Newbie here.

So, I try to be succinct with my problem, coz I have a few of them.

Firstly, I think I am in the middle of cycling a 10 g tank, yesterday's parameters were Ammonia:0.25-0.50 pmm, Nitrite :0ppm. Today, I checked and both are down to zero. I dont know how and what happened.

Secondly, there are fish in tank(1 betta, 3 neon tetra and 1 rubber mouth pleco) who are suffering from an ich attack. I have been using Kordon ich attack since yesterday and raised the temperature of the tank to 30C/86F.

Thirdly, my tank has now somehow turned brown. Yes, brown. Yesterday, I came home to a brown tank. I was experiencing a bacterial bloom, dont know what this is.https://i.imgur.com/0X3hhd1.jpg

I am doing daily 20-25% water changes to tackle the ammonia problem and use the API water conditioner with aloe.

I also have live plants in the tank:anubias nana and DHG.

I have just about reached my breaking point here. I dont know what to do?

Is this salvageable? Or is it a gone case?

Please help!

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According to the Kordon Ich Attack product website info, the brownish color is normal.

How long have you been cycling your tank?

Have you tested your tap water for ammonia? It is possible your local water supplier is using chloramine as the disinfectant agent which is why you are seeing an ammonia level.

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According to the Kordon Ich Attack product website info, the brownish color is normal.

How long have you been cycling your tank?

Have you tested your tap water for ammonia? It is possible your local water supplier is using chloramine as the disinfectant agent which is why you are seeing an ammonia level.
My tank has been setup for 3 weeks now.

It was brown before using the ich medication.

I havent checked my tap water for ammonia.

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It may be from your driftwood and if so itís just tannins. A partial water change will clear up the brown . Tannins are NOT harmful in fact they are helpful.


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It may be from your driftwood and if so itís just tannins. A partial water change will clear up the brown . Tannins are NOT harmful in fact they are helpful.


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Tannins would turn the water a brown, tea color, but they would not cause cloudiness. It's most likely a combination of tannins and a bacterial bloom happening at the same time. I would reduce or stop feeding for a little while, while continuing to monitor the water parameters and do water changes, making sure that ammonia and nitrites stay at zero.

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