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Old 01-28-2008, 07:15 PM   #11
 
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That brown tint is from the tannins that came out of the driftwood. If you have carbon in your filter that will clean it up.
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Old 01-28-2008, 10:05 PM   #12
 
Ok
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Old 01-28-2008, 10:32 PM   #13
 
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Water changes will help clear it up too.
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Old 01-29-2008, 03:59 PM   #14
 
Ok, I'll try that. 25%?
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Old 01-30-2008, 01:14 AM   #15
 
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25% is good.
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Old 01-30-2008, 01:20 PM   #16
 
Chances are you'll get the brown tint for a long time unless you do some serious boiling and soaking. Your usual 25% water changes every week will eventually clear it up, but it will probably take several months. My water just finally cleared up, and I added my driftwood back in...oh...early November?
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Old 01-31-2008, 04:02 PM   #17
 
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i know the point of boiling it is so that the bacteria will die but if the tannius wont hurt anything then what is the point of soaking it? is it just to keep the water in your tank looking nicer or is there another reason?
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Old 01-31-2008, 06:00 PM   #18
 
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i know the point of boiling it is so that the bacteria will die but if the tannius wont hurt anything then what is the point of soaking it? is it just to keep the water in your tank looking nicer or is there another reason?
To keep the water clearer but also to stop fluctuatins in ph as the tannic acids can lower ph.
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Old 01-31-2008, 06:14 PM   #19
 
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One thing I do is to run my driftwood through the dishwasher (no soap!) a few times and then soak it for probably 2-3 weeks. I also boil it but sometimes the pieces are too big to do that.
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Old 01-31-2008, 06:45 PM   #20
 
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when you wash it do you have to scrub it hard or just get the major goop off that you can see? (if you also boil it)
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