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post #1 of 11 Old 05-18-2008, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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after wood has been introduced?

about how long does it take for the water to get clear with wood in tank?

I do regular water changes 25% weekly in a 55 gal tank by end of week water is a light brown water quality is great just color change!

I know that the wood releases tannins into water but is there a general lenght of time to expect or will it ever clear?

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post #2 of 11 Old 05-18-2008, 04:46 PM
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Mine took probably a couple months to clear although my piece of wood was much smaller. I had also boiled the heck out of it before I put it in. Just keep up the regular water changes and eventually it will clear.

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What do you plan on putting in there? That's actually a really good looking aquarium and depending on the fish, I think that sort of yellowish water could actually look nice. Those flowerpots for cave brooders of some kind?
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What do you plan on putting in there? That's actually a really good looking aquarium and depending on the fish, I think that sort of yellowish water could actually look nice. Those flowerpots for cave brooders of some kind?
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I have heard that it can take 2 months or up to 4 years or more depending on the type of wood and other things. I also think it looks good and when I used beechwood I didn't get any coloration, guess it had no tanins in it.
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thanks fish_4_all
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post #7 of 11 Old 05-18-2008, 09:49 PM
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I added 4 pieces of driftwood when I started my tank. I have one about the size of yours and 3 5 inch long pieces. I left all 3 in boiling water for about 9 hours and then in hot water in my sink overnight(14 hours). By that time, all of the tannins were out and my water stayed clear.

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post #8 of 11 Old 05-20-2008, 05:18 PM
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I have a piece maybe 3/4 the size of that in my planted tank. I rinsed it a couple times but didn't boil it. It took 3-4 months for the water to clear. Of course then I got green water issues because I added better lights and ran them too long, but that's another story...
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post #9 of 11 Old 05-21-2008, 03:37 PM
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I'm sure it depends on the wood and stuff but... I have collected driftwood from the river near my house before and have noticed that when the water is off color it seems to somewhat affect the PH. Not a large amount, but it seems to have some effect. I didnt do an exhaustive study or anything and it could have been something totally different affecting the PH, but it might be something to keep an eye on.
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-22-2008, 10:40 AM
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Yup the tannins in the wood will soften your water.
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