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  1. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I am starting a new tank and want to include more of a hardscape into my planted aquarium. Eventually I want it overgrown with plants but still want to focus on it. What driftwood are the best choices? -I want as little of tannins as possible, I know it's beneficial for certain fish but I...
  2. General Planted Tank Discussion
    A few days ago I purchased some Mopani driftwood from Petco and I've had it soaking in warm water since, changing out the water every 3 - 5 hours. The driftwood is STILL leeching out crazy amounts of tannins, to the point where it would be very noticeable in my aquarium. Any way that I can...
  3. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I am starting an Amazon biotope housing corydoras. I want to mimic the natural habitat as much as possible and want to create a woody river bed with leaf litter. I am planning on using Manzanita branches and oak leaves scattered about the sand (neither are S.A. native, I know) to simulate this...
  4. For Sale/Trade
    I have driftwood for sale that has been sanitized (boiled at 220f for 60 minutes) and and Tannins removed. I have all sizes for very good prices: small pieces for $1.00 to Large pieces $25.00 I also have extra large pieces (5 foot long and 10 inches wide) available. Pickup only as shipping would...
  5. General Planted Tank Discussion
    A few people near us own magnolia trees, and I regularly collect the dry leaves and boil them, then add them to my vivarium for the frogs. I'd like to do something like this with my aquarium, just add a bunch of them to the tank for the cories to mess around in. Will they release a lot of...
  6. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I plan on keeping my tank with heavy tannins, as I enjoy the look and the fish I am keeping prefer it. I was wondering though - a great deal just came my way on a pressurized CO2 system. I am very tempted to take advantage. What I am wondering though, is if it will even have a benefit, as I am...
  7. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I know that, in order to get them out, you're supposed to soak for ages. But... Isn't that just a cosmetic/water color issue? I can't remember where I read it, but someone somewhere said that the tannins are actually beneficial (or at least benign) to fish. Anyone have a source on that? I'm...
  8. Aquascaping
    I'm new to the forums, so I apologize if this question was asked previously someplace else. That being said: I'm currently acquiring the materials to make a 10g low tech setup. I went to my local aquarium store and picked up a couple pieces of driftwood. I believe they are African (maybe...
  9. Substrate
    Hi guys, my first post seeks answers. I set up my tank yesterday. 10g 20x10x17. I used Earthgro topsoil capped with pea gravel from a local nursery. The gravel got a good wash. Plants are in, some driftwood is in, and the tank water is BROWN. The color increases over the course of a day. I...
  10. Low Tech Forum
    I recently tried to do a Diana Walstad method tank, so far seems to be doing fine but the water is dark brown, like strong coffee, I used a cheap topsoil from Home Depot called EarthGro, I believe other people have used it...
  11. Aquascaping
    This goes along with my mopani wood outburst posts. I was looking at Mac's Creations grapevine log and jungle gym at petsmart.com and was wondering about people's experiences with grapevine and Mac's Creations--esp. the amount of tannin it like to churn out! Have a brackish water tank never...
  12. General Planted Tank Discussion
    HELP!!! This is the first time this has happened to me! :help: So after I hardscaped my tank on Saturday, I added 10 gallons of RO water, ran the new filter, let it sit and just got back from my parent's home and now this! Water was milky but its a milky clear white, nothing like what you see...
  13. Aquascaping
    Okay so I wasn't quite sure where to post this thread. I have two pieces of driftwood in my tank that will just not stop releasing tannins. I bought them in February and boiled them for about 8-9 hours and soaked them for 2 days afterwards and still my tank looks like black-water. It just keeps...
  14. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I apologize. I'm sure this topic is already covered elsewhere but I either haven't learned the intricacies of this forum's search, or the search kind sux. :icon_neut Aaaaanyway, I needed a small piece of wood for my 29 gallon tank and I found a piece of ZooMed mopani at my LFS. Put it in a...
  15. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Can someone help me with a list of Leaves and wood types that are okay for aquarium use, I know of Indian Almond leaves but what other types are there? Is it also really okay to use Maple leaves? thanks for any info, Hope to make this list pretty comprehensive.
  16. Substrate
    I've never used ADA aquasoil before. I've been working with eco-complete for both of my tanks for the last year..but i want to start a 3rd tank and would like to use ADA aquasoil as the substrate. I was wondering if there is any special preparation required before initiating any planting or...
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