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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-14-2013, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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Driftwood Woes

Ive got a nice medium sized piece of malaysian driftwood that I'd love to use in my tank. Ive got a 40 B currently. However something is discoloring my water very badly.

This piece of wood has been soaking for about 2 1/2 weeks. I made the mistake of putting it in my tank early after soaking it for about 5 hours in hot bath water. I never seemed to get much color to come out of it before I added it.

Shortly after adding it my water got very tea-coffee like. My tank is still in the early stages and cycling so I took it out and have it soaking in a bucket but whenever I change the water no color seems to leach out.

Is it possible the high ammonia levels are affecting the wood? Is it my substrate. I have Miracle grow potting mix capped with 1 1/4 inches of fine black sand.

What gives.... I want clear water.

My water was fine until I added the driftwood so this makes me think this is the issue
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Purigen...worked for me.

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The guy at the aquatic center told me to use purigen. Have you tried it with driftwood?
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purigen should work but to be honest the tanins which the driftwood is leeching is actually good for fish, but yea if you dont like the color keep soaking it in a bucket for a few weeks and it should leech out after a while


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Purigen will go a long way to removing the tannins, as will regular water changes. If you do choose to pull the wood to soak it longer--use an air stone, pump or spare filter to get water circulation in the soaking container. I've generally found wood leaches faster in circulating water than stagnant.
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I had the same issue and like the others said, a bit of Purigen in the filter and it clears up.
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I would just let it be tannin water but the fish I keep are better suited to the tea color, tannin heavy water.
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Just keep doing water changes, the color will subside eventually.
I'm soaking a piece of western red cedar root right now.
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