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    Default Water Color in New Paludarium Build

    Hello,
    I built a simple 10gal paludarium for my sons fire belly toads (2) this weekend. I split it up into 3 sections. First is the land section, the second a gravel marsh/filter area that will have live plants, and the third is water with a sand bottom. I added a section of tree root to the water section to give the toads a means of getting in and out of the water.

    Here in lies the problem. The tree root has stained the water as dark as coffee. I checked the water with a test kit and it reads the exact same as the perfectly clear beta fish tank next to it.

    I don't know if this is a problem. It doesn't look bad, but I am afraid it might harm the toads.

    Please share your thoughts and concerns.

    Thank you,
    Rob

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    Default Re: Water Color in New Paludarium Build

    Most woods are going to leech tannins into the water and stain it. Tannins can actually be beneficial since they have antimictobial properties. However you want to make sure you are using the right type of wood. Most driftwood will rot over time. Also wood from pine and evergreens and cedars can haves toxins in them. Mopani wood, grape wood and cork are best.

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