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 =)