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Increasing tannin for better looking water?

After setting up my 20 long, with a coralife dual T5NO fixture, my water looks very white and washed out. The water in my other tank is very natural looking, and has a lot of tannins due to the big piece of driftwood. I have some driftwood in my 20, but it doesn't seem to be releasing a lot of tannins. I don't want complete "black water" like I might get with peat moss filtration, but I'd like some more natural looking water.


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Boil some oak leaves and add the extract to your tank. Voila! But be careful how much you add, it is pretty strong.

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Or drop some Indian Almond leaves in there. Many fish like them and they look natural. Like the oak extract, though, don't add too many or it gets really dark.
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Boil some oak leaves and add the extract to your tank. Voila! But be careful how much you add, it is pretty strong.
Oak leaves, peat moss, driftwood, pour however much extract you want into the tank
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I'll will second the peat moss. Make sure it doesn't have all the extra stuff in it though. It will keep your tank cleaner if you used a media bag. If you want a cheap alternative, go to walmart and get the cheap women's panty hose for less than a buck.
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Could I use maple leaves?


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I boiled some maple leaves, but the water looked green, not brown. Amidoingitrite?


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Were the maple leaves dead?
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Maple leaf doesn't have much tannin at all, very poor choice for tannins. Use a single IAL, or buy blackwater extract
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Oak leaves, bark, or wood.
Peat moss from the garden center, but make sure it has no fertilizers or wetting agents. As little as 1 cup in a larger tank (45 gallon and up) or a fraction of a cup in smaller tanks. Recipe is very flexible.
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Whatever you use, take it out when the color is right, unless you are within a few days of a water change.

Caution: I used Quercus douglasii (Blue Oak) and the water turned wine red, so dark I could not see through it. This was a lot of bark, though, not just a few chips.
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