Soaking Cholla Wood STINKS!!!
So I recently purchased some pieces of cholla for my tank. It has been a horrible experience due to the seller. Anyways, he said that I would just need to boil it for about 10 minutes to get the tannins out. Will I boiled it and now I've been soaking it for a few weeks and it's still staining the water. I've been changing the water every few days (2-4) after the water stains up. Today, when I changed the water, it stinks horribly bad! Very bad! (Yes, it stinks bad enough to state twice)
Does this usually happen? The wood itself now stinks (not just the water) and I've set it outside.
Is this expected? Did I miss a step? Any suggestions?