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post #1 of 5 Old 09-20-2013, 06:50 AM Thread Starter
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water changes... how often?

So i made a HUGE newbie mistake and put a piece of driftwood into my 30 gallon tank. This driftwood was pretty much straight out of a lake and all i did was rinse it off It had been in there for maybe a month and then my tank got cloudy/brownish... i took the wood out and have been doing roughly 20% water changes once a week. The cloudiness isn't getting worse, but only mildly clearing with each water change. How often is too often to do a water change? daily? every other day? I just want my clear tank back...
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-20-2013, 07:52 AM
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When you say cloudiness are you talking about from the tannins or is it kind of white?

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post #3 of 5 Old 09-20-2013, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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It's brownish, definitely not white
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-20-2013, 11:53 AM
when adding drift wood you should soak it in water for at least a week changing water every couple of hours or when it gets rather dark. adding drift wood from a lake is a bit risky due to contaminants in the water such as oil and other harmful chemicals. scrubbing to get as much lose dirt an such off. using a mild solution of bleach and water is a good thing to get rid of bacteria and possible parasites in the wood. soaking takes out the tannins in the wood as well. when using bleach only use it for a couple of the changes then continue to soak in reg water. if the piece is small enough to fit in a pot you can also boil it and wouldnt have to use bleach. before placing in the tank soak a couple of times in chlorinated water. tannins is whats making your water tea colored. as for the tannins and tea colored water. there isnt much you can do it will slowly dissipate over time.

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-20-2013, 12:03 PM
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Adding carbon to your filter will get the tannins out of the water. You can also do bigger water changes 50-75% every couple of days and it will come out with time.

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