03-21-2008, 12:13 AM
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Grapevines are not suitable for aquarium use. Use mopani wood.
Originally Posted by Monsterpony
I bought a huge piece of grapevine to be the centerpiece of my new tank. It is 2.5 ft long, 8 inches in diameter and has many caves and holes throughout. Because it is so large, I can't boil it. I have been soaking it in a scalding water, which I change at least 2 times a day. It is still releasing tannins, but at a lower level then initially. My problem is that it is starting to smell like it is fermenting and has developed a slimey, but clear coating that is easily wiped off. Is this normal when soaking grapevine? Is it because I haven't been able to boil it? What should I do to fix it?