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Tannin issues?

Put carbon in the filter, if you have carbon in the filter, replace it!

I see too many people "struggling" with tannins and going through so much effort to boil them, soak them out of the wood.

All it takes is carbon. This is well known by many but for some reason there's a lot who haven't heard here.

I set up tanks with freshly picked up and cleaned driftwood near the river, in the backyard, anywhere. I've never had an issue with tannins on a tank with fresh carbon. Never, no way no how.

Thought I'd toss this out for those who didn't know.

Want it gone faster? Water changes and carbon.
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Wish I new that 3 weeks ago.I literally slaved over a piece of driftwood I found for 3 weeks.My electric bill from boiling a 100 gallons of water cost more than a new piece!!!!
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Too true. Itll save you a lot of hassle and money if you do it this way.
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Do tannins effect light/par? (I may start a thread if not much response)
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^ curious about this also

would a black water tank need more light output? seems like it (since the water is tinted) but also interested in an answer. Somewhat interested in a blackwater look but undecided quite yet

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Yes it does. There was a thread about this a few months ago. Basically the lights traveling through all the tannins, thicker the tannins the less light makes it through. To what extent, I don't know.
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As I side note I actually love the look of tannins. I don't care if they make it in my tanks and won't remove them unless needed. But yes. You can see the difference in the shadows when water is tinted or clear.
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Yes it does. There was a thread about this a few months ago. Basically the lights traveling through all the tannins, thicker the tannins the less light makes it through. To what extent, I don't know.
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Now I just need to convince my fiance to let me allow the water to be slightly tinted . I really like the look, it looks pretty natural to me

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I like the tannins too.But it seems to be getting darker.Almost dusk.Ill think
ill need to add a light
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Either that or water change until its right!
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Put carbon in the filter, if you have carbon in the filter, replace it!

I see too many people "struggling" with tannins and going through so much effort to boil them, soak them out of the wood.

All it takes is carbon. This is well known by many but for some reason there's a lot who haven't heard here.

I set up tanks with freshly picked up and cleaned driftwood near the river, in the backyard, anywhere. I've never had an issue with tannins on a tank with fresh carbon. Never, no way no how.

Thought I'd toss this out for those who didn't know.

Want it gone faster? Water changes and carbon.
Hello T...

Good info if you use carbon media. The water changes do it for me or I use the stuff I find locally. If you don't have access to local pieces, just get mopani driftwood at the LFS. It won't release tannins into the water. Looks almost as good as the local stuff.

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I think the tannins look great. I have four black angles, two Bolivian Rams, and five lemon tetras in my tank and with the blackwater they all look great, particularly when they just appear out of nowhere after being in the plants or behind the driftwood. It is really cool.
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Do tannins effect light/par? (I may start a thread if not much response)
Hello J...

If you ask those who keep the high end, light demanding plants, they'll likely say yes. But, for the rest of us keeping the "run of the mill" plants, the tannins won't affect them if you do large, frequent water changes.

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I only use stuff I find locally. I can't justify paying $40 for a piece of wood I could likely find similar for free, just takes an hour or so of work

I only use carbon to get rid of medications in the water.
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