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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-08-2016, 04:45 AM Thread Starter
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Sanding Driftwood for Tank

I found some old cuts of red manzanita in my garage, cut well over a decade ago. What would happen if I didn't sand it down, and just boiled it? Would the red tissue paper that is manzanita bark really make a difference?
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Depends some on your personal outlook. I do not like to deal with bark in the tank as it slowly degrades and falls off to float/drift around unless I spend all my time chasing it. I find it also has a way to fit in through the cracks on filter screens and find a way to jam the impeller. Just not my cuppa tea?
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You'll also probably get some tannin staining in the water, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

For many aquatic ecosystems, it's much more natural:

And in the home aquarium, it can be quite attractive:

According to Diana Walstad, tannins can have quite a few health benefits for your fish.
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