Want to add driftwood to tank - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-31-2006, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
Wannabe Guru
 
RachPreach's Avatar
 
PTrader: (15/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Shreveport, LA
Posts: 1,316
Send a message via MSN to RachPreach
Want to add driftwood to tank

I have a 100 gallon tank with a big piece of driftwood in it already. My kH is 3 and my gh is 4 and my ph is 6.8-7. I am wanting to take the piece of driftwood out and add a new piece that I have. Will this change anything in my water and if so what?
RachPreach is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-31-2006, 06:24 PM
Guest
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 54
Yes, this will change the driftwood that you have in your tank.

But seriously, as long as the other driftwood is appropriate for tank use it should not make a difference. I guess it can leach tanins in the water if it's a new piece which could make your water more acidic.

You should prob. boil the driftwood to kill of any nasties and make sure that its already waterlogged so it will sink.
akos is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-01-2006, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
Wannabe Guru
 
RachPreach's Avatar
 
PTrader: (15/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Shreveport, LA
Posts: 1,316
Send a message via MSN to RachPreach
So what will happen to my water?
RachPreach is offline  
 
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-01-2006, 04:46 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
SammyP's Avatar
 
PTrader: (5/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Westbury, NY
Posts: 316
tannins will turn your water sightly yellow to dark brown depending on what piece of wood you have. it also makes the water a tiny bit softer and acidic. most of the driftwood you get from the fish store you can probably get away with just putting it right in the tank but i wouldnt do that. i always give it a good scrub with a stiff brush first. the water will be yellow for a couple weeks but it goes away. as long as you keep up with water changes it shouldnt matter.

if you found your driftwood (i've never done this) i think boiling it and scrubbing it is a must. soaking it for a week to make sure it wont turn the water brown is probably a good idea too.
SammyP is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-01-2006, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
Wannabe Guru
 
RachPreach's Avatar
 
PTrader: (15/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Shreveport, LA
Posts: 1,316
Send a message via MSN to RachPreach
ok....I found this piece in a river rapid stream and it was lodged on a rock. It is beautiful! I am going to power wash it first and then soak it in hot water for about a week. I have done this with other pieces of wood before with no problems. I already have pretty soft water so I hope it wont change it too much. I am going to add some baking soda to the water to raise it a couple of degrees from 3 to about 5.
RachPreach is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-07-2006, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
Wannabe Guru
 
RachPreach's Avatar
 
PTrader: (15/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Shreveport, LA
Posts: 1,316
Send a message via MSN to RachPreach
Ok i added the driftwood a couple of days ago and I noticed today that there is a whitish cloudy film on the wood. Its kinda gouwy to the touch. What is this?

100g tank:10 small angelfish, 1 harlequin rasbora, 2 albino cory, 2 clown loach, 1 rubberlip pleco, 1 bristlenose pleco and 1 apisto borellis.
Rena Filstar xp3, 2x32 and 1x96 watts with no co2.
RachPreach is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-07-2006, 11:39 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
triple red's Avatar
 
PTrader: (14/100%)
Join Date: May 2005
Location: connecticut
Posts: 722
fungus...it is harmless and your fish will eat it ..
i had the same thing....lasted for bout a week, and i watched the fish peck at it till it was all gone

30 gallon pita...102watts..pressurized co2 ...jbj regulator...eco-complete substrate...xp-2... inline c-02 reactor...turbo twist uv
triple red is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-08-2006, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
Wannabe Guru
 
RachPreach's Avatar
 
PTrader: (15/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Shreveport, LA
Posts: 1,316
Send a message via MSN to RachPreach
wheww good I was kinda worried. Well thats one less thing...thanks!

100g tank:10 small angelfish, 1 harlequin rasbora, 2 albino cory, 2 clown loach, 1 rubberlip pleco, 1 bristlenose pleco and 1 apisto borellis.
Rena Filstar xp3, 2x32 and 1x96 watts with no co2.
RachPreach is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome