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Driftwood?

Hey guys, sorry for my stupidity, but I need some help with driftwood choice.
In my twenty gallon hex i have a large and small piece of African Mopani driftwood, and I hate it. I soaked it for 3 weeks, and it has been in my tank for over 6 months and it is still leaking heavy tannins!So I know for my next tank I don't want that kind of driftwood. I'm just looking for a decent, maybe 10 inch long, piece of driftwood that isn't loaded for tannins. I just want something to tie my Anubias and Ferns onto!

So i think with any kind if driftwood I get I will boil it, but what kind of wood is decent? Is the common Malaysian Driftwood fine or should I get some small reject manzanita pieces?
I just want something decent looking that I can plant on, and I can get rid of tannins quickly. It seems like every single tank that has driftwood on this site also has crystal clear water. Please help me meet these standards. Thank you!
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I understand, but that still doesn't answer my questions.
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Boiling is the fastest, some run the wood in the dishwasher (with no soap), others soak (takes the longest). Personally I use a combination of boiling and soaking. Boil from the time i get home from work and before bed I remove from pot and soak overnight.

Also adding purigen to your filter will help remove tannins if you wanted to keep the wood you have.
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Thanks! What would has like the least tannins?
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IMO the manzanita. Mostly because PC1 treats his prior to shipping (which is why I posted his link). Having said that, I have not ordered from others who sell manzanita here, however I'm sure they do as well. Only speaking from experience when I recommend him.

PS also IMO adding the purigen will also help in the water clearity. My roommates have said to me, "what have you done, something is different, I've noticed your water is crystal clear. "

PSS lol boiling and adding the purigen will be the best route.
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