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Old 05-30-2012, 04:43 PM   #21
 
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My opinion is boiling kills everything. If you boil long enough to sink deep into the wood, nothing will survive, so I wouldn't stress that much over it. Many people get their wood they use in aquariums from rivers etc. I wouldn't mess with anything but boiling it, IMO.

If you're worried, buy a piece of wood, but like you said, you may find a very interesting piece. You know what is down by your river, more than we do :) Best of luck!

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that sums it up. nothing can survive boiling. thank you gwen.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:37 AM   #22
 
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I can find at my LFS pieces of Malaysian driftwood that is really nice, doesn't leak the tannis like the mopani.

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My Malaysian driftwood is still releasing tannins after 3 months in the tank. The water is a light brown colour all the time. Doesn't hurt the fish or frogs, though.
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:05 AM   #23
 
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My Malaysian driftwood is still releasing tannins after 3 months in the tank. The water is a light brown colour all the time. Doesn't hurt the fish or frogs, though.

I would guess you're right. Mine probably has some tannins, but I don't notice it like I remember the mopani wood I first bought. It was like a dark tea. Tannins are good for the fish. I actually add some blackwater extract to my tank to create that amazon look. I also use Indian Almond leaves.

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I would guess you're right. Mine probably has some tannins, but I don't notice it like I remember the mopani wood I first bought. It was like a dark tea. Tannins are good for the fish. I actually add some blackwater extract to my tank to create that amazon look. I also use Indian Almond leaves.

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Sounds like a beautiful tank. You had me at Indian Almond leaves.
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