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Boiling Driftwood Question

I want to know if boiling driftwood has some effects as soaking it in water for weeks? I want to remove tanins so I can use it to lower ph. I can't wait for weeks so please advise if boiling is the solution and if to boil then for how long? Thanks.
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Depends on the size of the wood piece.

Bring it to a boil, wait for the water to thoroughly stain, dump the water and refill the pot and bring it to a boil again, repeat as needed until your boiling water doesn't stain from the wood.

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I have done this before and it does reduce the time but cannot remember by how much. Got a large pot on cooker and swapped water every 3 hours. Just remember to let it cool before adding to tank!
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I boiled mine for about 5 hours (replaced the water 3 times) and soaked it in a bucket for a couple days. Boiling it removes tannins way faster than just soaking it but my water still looks a little brown by the end of the week before water change. I'm sure that most of the tannins will be gone after a couple of weeks though.
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I would have thought it will have more effect on the ph if you leave the tannins in the wood and add it to the tank.
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Thanks a lot guys for the detailed replies.
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