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post #1 of 12 Old 01-18-2009, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation QUESTION before I add a piece of driftwood to my 32g...

I am thinking about adding a small-medium size piece of driftwood into my 32g...
My ph in my 32 flucuates between 6.5 and 7.2...
Should I not add the driftwood ?Would it lower my ph even more?

My 5foot, 56g Tank
2 Madagascar, 2 Bosemi and 1 Millenium Rainbowfish
9 Tiger Barbs
1 Weater Loach, 6 Zebra Loaches
1 Rainbow Shark
1 Raphael Catfish
My 55g
1 Siamese Algae Eater
11 Otocinclus
4 Burmese Zebra Loaches
1 Black Angelfish
1 Banjo Catfish
Lots of shrimp
My 70g
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4 Peppered Corydora, 1 Green Corydora
2 Wood Shrimp
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-18-2009, 02:16 PM
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hi
i think you'd be ok,it won't lower it that much.

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sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
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post #3 of 12 Old 01-19-2009, 07:14 AM Thread Starter
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Oh OKay..

So, It won't lower my pH down to 4 or 5 or something right?
Any tips on what I should do to the driftwood before I put it in my tank?
I got it wrapped in plastic from a fish and aquarium store here in town...

Thanks a bunch

My 5foot, 56g Tank
2 Madagascar, 2 Bosemi and 1 Millenium Rainbowfish
9 Tiger Barbs
1 Weater Loach, 6 Zebra Loaches
1 Rainbow Shark
1 Raphael Catfish
My 55g
1 Siamese Algae Eater
11 Otocinclus
4 Burmese Zebra Loaches
1 Black Angelfish
1 Banjo Catfish
Lots of shrimp
My 70g
1 Siamese Algae Eater
4 Peppered Corydora, 1 Green Corydora
2 Wood Shrimp
3 Red Eye Tetra
1 Raphael Catfish
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post #4 of 12 Old 01-19-2009, 07:26 AM
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boil it, this will release some of the tannins that will discolor your tank water and lower ph as well as kill any bugs,bacteria and bad things on/within the wood.
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post #5 of 12 Old 01-19-2009, 08:43 AM
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Just soak it, rinse and repeat until it's water logged and not coloring the water too much. Depending on the type of wood, it could color your water for a while, but that's normal.
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post #6 of 12 Old 01-19-2009, 08:45 AM
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depending on the wood it shouldnt have to be soaked to get water logged because its already very dense and then there is also the option of screwing it to a piece of slate.

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post #7 of 12 Old 01-19-2009, 11:19 AM
i added a medium size piece fo wood to my 46 gallon a few weeks ago and it only dropped my ph by .2 and i ahve extremely soft water. I dont think you ahve much to worry about. You could try to buffer your water a little if your still concerned.
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post #8 of 12 Old 01-19-2009, 12:06 PM
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wouldn't worry
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post #9 of 12 Old 01-19-2009, 01:51 PM
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Agreed, it won't lower your ph drastically. I would boil (not just soak) the wood just to err on the side of caution. No since risking the health of your tank on an unseen *bug or bacteria* that may be on the driftwood.

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post #10 of 12 Old 01-20-2009, 06:02 AM
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Mags, it may be useful if you test your KH and GH using API liquid test kits. Considering your pH tends to change, you may want some buffer in it. Baking soda can be added. I just use plaster of Paris to help buffer the water which then stabilizes the pH. Other options include crushed corals, crushed oyster shells, limestones and marble chips. All can be placed in your filter.

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