06-26-2010, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by jclee
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.