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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-23-2014, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Love / hate affair with mopani wood

Since I realized I needed to set up a bn pleco nursery, I started boiling a fairly small piece of mopani. It's the only piece I have small enough to fit in a spaghetti pot, and after 2 straight days of boiling, it's still making a mild "mopani" tea. (and yes, mopani is the only piece of wood I have right now that wouldn't fill the entire grow out tank)


I don't know how I'm ever going to use the larger pieces I have. I guess I'll have to buy a lobster pot or something to boil those.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-23-2014, 09:05 PM
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Why are you so concerned with the tannins? They will eventually go away with water changes and they will not hurt your fish in any way. It might make your water look like tea but to some fish this is what the water they come from is like.

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You'd hate my main tank it looks almost like blackwater.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-23-2014, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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I don't mind tannins per se, but taking my bn (both adults and fry) from a 7.5ish ph tank with moderately hard water, and putting them in blackwater tea probably wouldn't be the best for them.

Now, if I had a river biotope, with lots of leaf litter and such, I don't mind yellow-brown water. (This mopani made tea that was almost red as cranberry juice though).
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