Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Yellow water, Newbie
I have been learning a lot from people on this site.
I have been growing out my 10g tank for six months, and flooded it last night.
Now I have a very yellow colored tank. I think I might just have a lot of tannins in the water, and I need to know what to do to clear it up.
Can I get some advise?
Tank is a 10 gallon. I layed down a bed of Miracle Grow organic potting mix. I capped that with about 1-2 inches of rinsed black diamond. I planted a carpet of Marsilea minuta. I have also planted many other plants.
As you can see from the photo, I have a large piece of driftwood in there. I boiled it about 10 times over 3 days to try and remove the tannins before I attached the java moss. The water is much more stained than the photo shows.
I use RO, DI, and UV sterilized water to flood the tank.
My parameters are:
I'm using a Fluval 105 as a filter. I have used the carbon that came with the filter.
I think I may be getting tannins leaching from the driftwood, or the potting mix.
I did not sift the potting mix before I put it into the tank.
Does that sound like a proper assesment of the situation?
If so, How do I get clearer water?