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driftwood help...

I had gotten a cool looking stump from a reptile swamp over the weekend and I had boiled it in a big pot for 3 hours and let it come to temp to "sterlize" it. I again re-filled the pot and boiled it another 4 times with an average of 2 hours each. Each time the water was quite brown. How long does it take for the tangents to come out? Am I suppose to keep boiling it until the water no longer is brown? I've never dealt with driftwood before and do not know if I am doing this right or not.
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it would be okay to put in your tank, but it will release a little bit more tannins as time goes on. purigen and/or water changes will take care of that. as long as you waterlogged it enough and boiled it to sterilize it its okay to put in.
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What kind of wood is it. Some types of wood you don't want leaking tangents in your tank.
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What kind of wood is it. Some types of wood you don't want leaking tangents in your tank.
Tannins are safe and actually don't alter water chemistry.

Tangents are a mathematical function.
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Sorry my bad. Try putting ceder in your tank.
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Sorry my bad. Try putting ceder in your tank.
What happens?
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Depending on how old and how long cider has been drifting it's bad or really bad. The leaking tangents in ceder can kill fish when its still fresh wood in the center. Ever thou it looks old. IF ceder is a very old piece of driftwood you can use it but it decay so fast it only lasts a year or two. I had a very old piece one time for all most two years. It looked fine but when I tried to take it out for a tank redo, it was mush.
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I had gotten a cool looking stump from a reptile swamp over the weekend and I had boiled it in a big pot for 3 hours and let it come to temp to "sterlize" it. I again re-filled the pot and boiled it another 4 times with an average of 2 hours each. Each time the water was quite brown. How long does it take for the tangents to come out? Am I suppose to keep boiling it until the water no longer is brown? I've never dealt with driftwood before and do not know if I am doing this right or not.
Try Baking it till its completely dry at between 200 and 350 usually about 4 hours make sure you don't leave during that time JUST IN CASE. then Alternate between Boiling and Baking until the water doesn't change color. Unless you don't mind yellowish brown tank water.
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I have no idea what type of wood it is. All I know is that it was brown when it was dried, and the water was still coming out brown after I had boiled it for the forth time. I liked it because it had a hole in the middle of it.
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looks nice! a mating pair of kribs would love that
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Thanks! When I saw it, I could not pass it up - especially at the cheap price that I got it at...
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Ok, I am now drying it out in the oven... I hope that this will not take me days to get it so it will not turn my water brown.
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When driftwood leached tannins, I just pu ta thing of purigen in it and within a day it was all gone. Hasn't come back.

I also only boiled my driftwood for 30 minutes...lol It was malasian driftwood if that helps any.

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Tannins are safe and actually don't alter water chemistry.
Really? My water became more acidic in both tanks after adding driftwood. Am I nuts?
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I use filtered and R/O water so mine is low in minerals and therefore has a lower buffering capacity. My PH dropped, especially after the wood softened and started putting out more tannins (tannic acid) into the water column. If the had more minerals (higher buffering capacity) then the PH wouldn't swing much.

Considering my source water is in the 6-6.5 range it's causing quite a problem that I'm working on solving before I loose more occupants. My Kuhli loaches succumbed yesterday.

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