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post #1 of 5 Old 03-29-2011, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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driftwood question

Hi everyone I'm new to this forum and keeping fish. I'm currently cycling a fish-less 26gal tank. My question is I'm want to get add a piece of driftwood in the tank soon and I've read that you soak the wood or some say you should boil the wood first before adding it to the tank, so what is the proper method?
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-29-2011, 12:07 PM
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Some people like to soak/boil the wood to get some of the tannins out of the wood. Tannins can stain your water a tea color, which is resolved by doing your water changes. This is in no way harmful to the fish. If you don't mind some tannins in your water, I would just recommend boiling your wood in case any critters or bacteria is in/on it. Boilin the wood will kill anything lurking in or on it.
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-29-2011, 08:31 PM
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Tannins in wood will dye the water and make water acidic. The method that has worked best for me is soaking the driftwood in a tub changing out the water daily till clear. With softer less dense wood such as bogwood takes about a week or so and denser woods like african hardwoods will take longer.
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Tannins in wood will dye the water and make water acidic. The method that has worked best for me is soaking the driftwood in a tub changing out the water daily till clear. With softer less dense wood such as bogwood takes about a week or so and denser woods like african hardwoods will take longer.
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I picked up a piece of Malaysian driftwood so I probably boil it just in case there's anything in it. If I boil it though will it still lower the ph atleast little?
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-30-2011, 02:01 AM
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Boiling cant hurt but odds are you need to soak it too. It takes time to leach the tannis out of wood and its the tannis that will lower your ph. Not to mention that drift wood takes time to become fully saturated so it sinks. Just dont rush it, it is worth the wait
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