11-14-2012, 08:41 AM
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Originally Posted by rjordan390
The tannins may still be there. Try placing the driftwood in a pot of boiling water for 45 minutes and see if the water turns to a tea color. This will also saturate the wood and it will not float. Pouring hot water over the wood is not effective. My driftwood had to be boiled three separate times to remove most of the tannins. Whatever leaches now is not visable in the water column but I suspect it is on the polishing filter.
Thats the thing, I do not have a pot large enough for the piece of wood. I am changing out the substrate this weekend. I cannot stand play sand, but it was worth a try. I am going back to pool filter sand for my planted tank. Since using pool filter sand, I have had nothing but good things to say, as for playsand, not so much. Just to messy for my liking. I want to change the substrate before the plants and fish get accustomed to it.