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driftwood still leaching, how to clear water

Okay I soaked the driftwood for over a month, boiled them for at least an hour and they are still leaching. It's just lightly tea colored but still insightly for me esp. when the lights are off.

I do 50% water changes weekly and that helps dilute the coloration.

Pulling out the driftwood and letting them soak again doesn't seem to be an option since I already have fish in the tank.

Would putting carbon help? I do not have plants in the tank yet.

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Running carbon in the filter should clear the tannins out of the water.

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Purigen is another option. A little more expensive, but easily recharged and reused.
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filter floss. I love it.
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You can buy water clear bags that you can put in your filter. I got one of these and it worked a treat. I have been told that Peat Moss can help and I think this pight of been in that clean bag as well.
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Okay it's working so far. But what about when I start planting my tank and the driftwood is still leaching? I've read carbon strips out the nutrients plants need as well.
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Peat moss will not clear up the water. If anything it will discolor it even more than the driftwood is.
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You need to get plants in that tank as quickly as you can. Otherwise the only organisms there able to use the nutrients in the water are algae. So, very quickly you will have a beautiful green tank, but it won't be green plants.

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Peat moss will not clear up the water. If anything it will discolor it even more than the driftwood is.

Yep true. Many moons ago I use peat to soften water when I was messing around breeding fish. It will make the water look like Tea. It will also soften and lower the Ph.


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I was recently unhappy with the clarity of the water, it turns out my driftwood is still leaching tannins after 3 months! I added a bag of Purigen and after 4 hours it's crystal clear. Use either Purigen or carbon, the only difference is that carbon removes everything that gets clogged into's pores while Purigen only removes negatively charged ions and has some water clearing properties.
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