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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-16-2014, 06:16 AM Thread Starter
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Tannins in driftwood

I am so sorry if this is going to the wrong place in forum. This was the closest I could think of.
Ok maybe this is kind of a dumb question but I am curious.
I understand that the tannins in driftwood can lower Ph and soften tank water. I boiled the tannins out of the wood however and I am wondering… if I kept the brown water after boiling and added some to tank water here and there, would that also help to lower the Ph? I am adding driftwood hoping make the tank a bit more acidic to prepare for some GBR's. LFR says water in their tanks sits at about 6.4. Mine is at 7.4. I have no intention of chasing the Ph but if there is a way I can drop it a bit more over the next couple of weeks that would be great.
It just seems that by boiling all the tannins out I am kind of negating what I got the wood to accomplish?
this is a 36 gallon bow front. It's my first tank and it is still cycling. Almost done I think? Amonia is 0, nitrites spiked but are dropping, Nitrates 20ppm. Current residents are 3 Pearl Gouramis, 10 Harlequin Rasboras, 1 yo you loach and a couple of mystery snails. The tank is also well on the way to being pretty heavily planted. I'm pretty proud lol. a month and I haven't lost a fish, all are happy and healthy lol. Dying for the Rams but those will have to wait for the water conditions to settle a lot more. If I were not such a techno moron I'd post a pic =)
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Most likely that would work , if you like a tank with brown water the wood itself will work on a lower scale.

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thanks, I may hang on to it then. I have 2 charcoal filters and thought if I did it slowly the water color may not be affected too much
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Could also buy a bag of pure Sphagnum peat (no additive's) and boil some and use this peat tea if you will, to mix with your tapwater.
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Could also buy a bag of pure Sphagnum peat (no additive's) and boil some and use this peat tea if you will, to mix with your tapwater.
I like that idea. I had thought of adding peat to filter but was reading that could drop Ph too much. a tea would give more control before hitting the tank.. thanks.
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