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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-10-2011, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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How to fix this problem?

Take a look at my tank and tell me how to fix this problem please.

I'm thinking i need to clean my BIOwheel 350 but not sure. I literally have been doing 10-15% water changes weekly. Should I try and go for 50%?
Also have 2 28w t5 Bulbs.

What could be the problem?

All the plants and fish are doing well.
4 tiger barbs
3 Jack dempseys
2 plecos

Hairgrass, dwarf lillies, and a onion bulb?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-10-2011, 06:41 PM
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can you explain what your issue is ? the tannins in the water, or am i missing something else?
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ahhhh its just tannins? so after awhile they will just disipate after water changes?
I thought it was algae in the water because it has a hint of green to it.
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from my screen it looks like tannins from that dw in your tank but if it is green as u say then it can be solved by doing a black out or a few ways use the search button right below personal messages for green water if its tannins just do wc until its clear or get *thebag* made by purigen an it will clear that up in no time.
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Yeah, don't sweat tannins. It'll be less noticeable after a few weeks but may leach for a long time. The first few weeks are the worst.


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Just took pictures of the tank again after some some filter bags were put in my biowheel.

18 hour difference.
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HAHA tannins are no big deal. im setting up a shrimp 10 gallon tank. um the backdrop is matte black substrate is dirt with tan gravel cap.. 4 good sizes pieces of wood and some peat.. BLACKWATER biotope for now... HAHA it goes away though... water changes. activated carbon

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Activated carbon will take it out in a few days. But, until the drift wood stops leaching tannis out you'll keep repeating the cycle.

There is a point were too much tannin level is not so good. That's when your water starts to look like some poured in a Pepsi.
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imo, tea colored water looks sweet :P but if you don't like it just stick in some purigen or activated carbon.

you could also remove the wood and boil it to get the brunt of it out.

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