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Old 12-27-2008, 06:38 PM   #1
 
Driftwood leaching

I have a new 55 gallon tank cycling right now with 8 tiger barbs that were previosly in a 10 gallon tank. I thought the tank was two small so I decided to take my chance at cycling the 55 with them. I have a nice price of driftwood that was purchased at a LPS that has started to leach tannins into my water. Will this have an effect on my cycling process? Will the water stain a container that the driftwood is in?

Totally of topic, but does anyone have a link to a cheap python, or a good website to buy off of? Water changes with a bucket are not fun

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Old 12-27-2008, 07:24 PM   #2
 
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have you tried walking into petsmart and buying a Gravel Siphon? I couldnt find it on a link for you but i know they have them in stock. Also when purchasing measure the distance between your tank and the Sink you will be using. Cause mine i hook up the the sink and turn the water on and it automatically starts siphoning and then i can reverse it with fresh water to refill the tank. IDK what its called excatly but i got it at petsmart for like 45$ if i can recall correctly. ABout the driftwood thing. I dont mess with with driftwood for that reason, ive heard they can stain. Dont take my word for it.
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:49 AM   #3
 
The driftwood won't affect your cycle the tannin is harmless to your filter/fish/cycle.
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Old 01-03-2009, 10:35 PM   #4
 
yup the driftwood wont harm ur cycle but watch ur ph, itll drop as more tannins leech into your tank.
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Old 01-03-2009, 10:42 PM   #5
 
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as you do your water changes the "tea color" should decrease over time. you can also try running carbon in your filter to help remove it. some people like the look.
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Old 01-03-2009, 11:34 PM   #6
 
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Drs. Foster and Smith has a pretty good price on the Python.
Aquarium Maintenance & Water Changes: Python No Spill Clean 'N Fill
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Old 01-04-2009, 04:59 PM   #7
 
You can remove the driftwood and boil it a few times and that will help take out some of the tannins. That is what we did with our mopani wood.
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Old 01-04-2009, 05:19 PM   #8
 
The tannins are harmless to the fish, though they will probably have a small impact on pH (will lower it).

Be aware that unless you take the wood out and boil it as recommended above you will probably have tea colored water for a long time.

Some people like the effect, but I had the same issue with the first piece of driftwood I bought and I wasn't really pleased to see brown water for 6 months. And this was when I was still keeping up with my weekly water changes.
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:38 AM   #9
 
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If you have hard water the tannins won't do much to your pH. There'll be too much buffer in the water for the small amount of acid leeching to do anything.
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