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Old 06-03-2010, 02:16 PM   #11
 
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Meant so say "aren't entirely bad". And "muck up the water" Oops
That is what I had suspected, some words got mixed up. Still good to point out the bacteria issue anyway, so no problem.
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:09 PM   #12
 
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I have two pieces in my tank.The first one I just poured boiling water over it and put it in.
I didn't have any issues with tannins or bacteria.The second i soaked for a week because I was waiting
for my plants and wanted to attach my java fern to it.I changed the water daily and its been in about a month and still releasing tannins but getting lighter with each W/C.I haven't had any problems with bacteria
with it either.
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Old 06-26-2010, 10:42 AM   #13
 
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If it is too big to boil, you can use scalding water from the bathtub tap.

Also, I'm pretty sure that carbon removes some of the tanins that seep into your tank, (as do water changes, of course), so if it's really dark at first, you can leave/add carbon to your filter and it will help lighten the water over time.

Again, the tanins don't do much harm, and the lore of our hobby seems to be that they might even serve beneficial purposes that we don't (yet?) know, so I think the choice is purely aesthetic. Just keep soaking (and the hotter the water, the faster it leeches) until you're ok with the color that's left coming out.
Wow thanks for that, I had been soaking a piece in cold water and it was going slow but I tried using water as hot as it goes and its only been an hour and it looks like the cold water did after a day.
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Old 06-26-2010, 08:52 PM   #14
 
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Also i noticed that my driftwood is growing that fuzzy looking stuff on it, should i just scrape it off and keep soaking in hot water?
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Old 06-26-2010, 09:11 PM   #15
 
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Also i noticed that my driftwood is growing that fuzzy looking stuff on it, should i just scrape it off and keep soaking in hot water?
Yes. I gave mine a good brushing and then just left it in a tank of water (no fish) and after a couple weeks it seemed fine. I've no idea if the hot water will have any bearing.

As I wrote previously, if fish are in the tank with this they may be affected to the point of death.
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Old 06-26-2010, 10:26 PM   #16
 
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I am so glad that I found this thread. I noticed tonight that my wood is getting a fuzzy white covering on part of it. I will be removing it and brushing it and putting it in boiling water before returning it to the tank. I don't want to risk my fish.
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Old 06-26-2010, 10:55 PM   #17
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Mines doing the same thing I don't think its bacteria though as I do not believe any of my fish have been hurt by it, I think it just might be like some sap coming out of the wood. I noticed this about a month ago or a little more and looking at the wood today most of the white fuzzy stuff is gone there is just a little left in one of the bigger knots. But its always better to be safe then sorry so taking it out and scrubbing it down cant hurt.
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Old 06-27-2010, 05:58 PM   #18
 
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Mines doing the same thing I don't think its bacteria though as I do not believe any of my fish have been hurt by it, I think it just might be like some sap coming out of the wood. I noticed this about a month ago or a little more and looking at the wood today most of the white fuzzy stuff is gone there is just a little left in one of the bigger knots. But its always better to be safe then sorry so taking it out and scrubbing it down cant hurt.

Yeah, I am not taking any chances. I did take it out and it stinks like rotten eggs. I have it boiling right now. YUCK! It didn't seem to be affecting my fish either but as you said, better safe then sorry.
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Old 06-28-2010, 07:29 AM   #19
 
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Any thoughts on what that stinky smell was? I soaked it in scalding water for another half hour and scrubbed it off really well. It smells better but still has that rotten egg smell, just not nearly as strong. Hopefully it is alright now. The fish seem to actually enjoy the wood and hang around it all the time. As soon as I put it back in they were right there with it again.
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