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Driftwood has no tannins?

I got a nice piece of manzanita a few days ago, and I've been soaking it for 3 days. I checked the water and saw that there was almost no discoloration.

Is it safe to put in the tank? Should I soak it for longer?

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Try soak it in hot water not cold


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It was soaking in hot water for about a day, I guess I could replace it, but it's gonna be hard. The piece is pretty long, I needed a bathtub to put the soaking container in.

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If it is too big to boil, or boil part, then soak as much as you can in hot, but tannins aren't the end of the world. In some setups they're desirable. Otherwise purigen does a great job of clearing the water.
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Also, Manzanita is a light wood with not quite as much tannin as some other popular choices.


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A product called purigen will remove tannins, will make your water crystal clear.... bonus is its a rechargeable product. So once it starts to slow down on removal, pull it out and recharge and put it back in

You can also run some charcoal/carbon if you have a small filter it would help clear the water.

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Yeah I know I got a bottle of it somewhere and a bag... I'll take out the carbon in of of the filters and replace it with the purigen.

That sound ok?


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Step one is simply put that sucker in your tank. Give it some time in the tank to see if you even need the purigen.

Don't be afraid of the white fuzzies that will develop on the Manzanita, they're normal and will clear up on their own in a week, sometimes less...


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Step one is simply put that sucker in your tank. Give it some time in the tank to see if you even need the purigen.

Don't be afraid of the white fuzzies that will develop on the Manzanita, they're normal and will clear up on their own in a week, sometimes less...
I was thinking of putting purigen in the filter anyway due to its intended inhabitants (RCS) so I think I will put it in anyway.

I shall not be concerned about the fungi!

Thanks!

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