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aluka 02-08-2013 11:12 PM

Driftwood Question
I brought a medium size piece of driftwood monday. I soaked it in a large bucket of hot water, changing it 2-4 times a day for 3 days. Today I boiled it for 3-4 hours total, two separate times. The water in the last boil was still slightly brown.

But is that enough, or should i soak it for a few more days and reboil it again? Its completely waterlogged and sinks very well.

MSG 02-08-2013 11:16 PM

Post a picture of the driftwood. 3 days won't eliminate the amount of tannins that will seep out of the wood. It can take MONTHS before tannins will stop STAINING your tank water. The longer you boil/simmer, the more you'll remove.

sarahspins 02-08-2013 11:49 PM

Putting Purigen in your filter can take care of what leeches out over time :)

OrangeSoda 02-09-2013 12:21 AM

Just throw it in your tank and do a water change whenever it bugs you. As MSG said, it can take months.

aluka 02-09-2013 12:22 AM

here's a picture of it

The Trigger 02-09-2013 12:41 AM

Yeah purigen in your filter will clear up any tannins the wood leeches. I have tons of wood in my tank and the purigen keeps the tannins to a minimum

aluka 02-09-2013 01:50 AM

awesome, i totally have some!

lochaber 02-09-2013 11:51 PM

Does the appearance of the water bother you? It's not really harmful, and in a lot of ways considered beneficial for a lot of the fish and plants we keep.

aluka 02-10-2013 07:01 AM

oh no, i actually like the slightly brown, but most ppl tell me to leech it all out =< i assumed it was bad or something, lol

rileynapalm 02-10-2013 07:21 PM


Originally Posted by aluka (Post 2496898)
oh no, i actually like the slightly brown, but most ppl tell me to leech it all out =< i assumed it was bad or something, lol

not bad at all! if you're doing a south american type set up with tetras, angels, discus, severums, rams, etc... you'll be in great shape. i never try to get my tannins out because it gives a natural look and chemistry to your water. you can actually buy a product called Kent Blackwater Extract that you can add to your tank. it's just a way to keep those tannins in there. in fact, if you're patient, your carbon may pull out any discoloration that you have. it's totally your call, but i wouldn't sweat about it. =]

FishyFishy89 02-11-2013 02:12 AM

I had my DW soaking a whole week(daily water changes) before I felt comfortable putting it in my tank. I never boiled it, just soaked it. And when the water was clear for a whole day, I soaked an extra day to be sure.

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