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Boiled driftwood all day still massive tannin release!

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I boiled my mapani driftwood all day and the tanins are still pouring out of it, the water looks like red/brown coke a cola, should I keep boiling it? also when buying mesh for attaching moss to rocks how big should the holes be and is that the same for riccia? and can I mix aquaclay with gravel if i need a bit more volume?

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I've never been able to boil until the water was clear. I give it a good boil, soak for a while, and then rely on Purigen to filter out any residual tannins once it's in the tank.
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I think I will keep going today the way I figured I will be less tannins in my tank but am I doing harm to the wood?
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... am I doing harm to the wood?
No need to worry about damaging the wood. I boiled mine for a good while, but eventually stopped from the standpoint of energy usage, driftwood tea wasn't the most lovely scent for a kitchen either.
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cool thanks, been boiling it outside but I know what you mean, today ought to do the job :-) then soak in aquarium water and see how it goes.

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No need to worry about damaging the wood. I boiled mine for a good while, but eventually stopped from the standpoint of energy usage, driftwood tea wasn't the most lovely scent for a kitchen either.

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This is how I soaked my mopani. I used one of those large Igloo coolers with a drain plug on the bottom. I placed it in the bathtub and drained it every morning while I was showering and filled it back up when I was done. I was able to keep my soapy water out of it by closing the lid. Took about 4 weeks, but I didn't have to lug water anywhere and I was able to refresh the water daily.
It wasn't always pleasant to shower with an Igloo cooler, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
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I boiled my mopani driftwood for about 8 hours, changing the water every 90 mins or so. There was always a ton of tannins with very minimal decrease. But it got to a point where I just stuck it in the tank and hoped for the best. I have not had any problems with tannins leaching and I do a water change once a week.
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i run all my driftwood through the dishwasher. I've not had any tannins from any wood after 2 cycles.
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Thanks all, I have now boiled it for about 6 hours going to boil it all day tmw then thats it. Found some awesome thinner driftwood pieces in the creek on my walk this morn cant wait to get this tank going. The pieces found this morn were too big and odd shaped so i used the steam cleaner to steralize them.

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I boiled mine for days straight, and the water constantly looked like mud even after water changes. Upon putting them into my tank not a single tannin was released as far as I could tell, the boiling water is amazing in the sense that it really takes everything out.


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I found i got my best results brewing it like ice tea.

After boiling it a couple of times i just set it out by my patio doors, inside so it stays nice and warm. The sun seems to cook the tanins out fairly well.

After a week of stewing with daily water changes i get the tanin levels down to a tolerable level.

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Boiling wood increases the tanin output, it will not leach like that in a tank.
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Kana, did your toes change color?
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I am still boiling figure why not keep going while waiting for the gravel to get here, cant boil one section of one piece no matter how i try it wont fit in out largest pot.

I do like so water coloring in tank but not massive stains....

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