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Water in My Crested Gecko Cage Turn Brownish!!

Discussion in 'Amphibian - General' started by tuanle1991, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. tuanle1991

    tuanle1991 Member

    Hi guys,
    So I just clean up and created a new environment for my Crested gecko.
    I bought a waterfall from Zoo Med, 2 Live plants, small rocks bags (yellow shinny rock) and a cork background from Petco.
    So I set up as you see in the pciture bellow. However, after an hour, the water in waterfall turn yellow-brownish as in picture. It doesn't smell at all.
    1) What's going on?
    2) How should i do?
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  2. Qwerty3159

    Qwerty3159 Elite Member

    That is gross...
    Maybe it's the waterfall? Could the paint run off? There's no way algae or anything could dirty that water so fast... maybe bring it back?
  3. tuanle1991

    tuanle1991 Member

    do you think it could be the bark? since my water run through the bark?
    i'm just too tired to clean up the cage... It took me 3 hours to set up this ....
    I read some online information, they said brownish could come from too much iron. It' s not harm living thing...
    Do you think it's okay to keep it?
  4. Ieasa

    Ieasa Elite Member

    I understsbd you are tired. However, I would not leave that water in there with an animal. You have no idea what is causing the color change.
  5. tuanle1991

    tuanle1991 Member

    Thanks everyone.
    So I talk to the Reptile Specialist from Petco. He think that it's the paint from the bark.
    So i took everything out, clean it. Wash the bark.
    And now the water is colorless again:)
  6. cassicat4

    cassicat4 Subscribed User Premium Member

    Humidity/water will leach color from both bark and coco fiber/eco earth. I've seen this even with washed substrate. Not sure how harmful it is, but it certainly is common. I use paper towel on top of eco earth in a couple of my humid enclosures, and I regularly replace it due to the dye (natural or otherwise) that soaks into it.
  7. tuanle1991

    tuanle1991 Member

    I called the Zoo Med lab today and they said is completely harmless. Hopefully they are right :)
  8. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Paint from the bark?
    Cork bark is not painted. More nonsense from Petco!
    Unless the bark was just very dirty I suspect that your issue was tannins from the bark leaching into the water. This is simply organic material and is harmless except it may reduce the ph and that is really not a big deal unless you keep fish in there.
    And if it is tannins, expect the brown to return.

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