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Help please is this Algae?
Old 02-28-2013, 04:59 PM   #11
 
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I would recommend taking the wood out, scrub that stuff off with a old toothbrush or something of that nature and giving it a good rinse. Place it back in the aquarium to see if it comes back. What do you think Byron?
add a good boiling aswell
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Old 03-01-2013, 02:32 AM   #12
 
In the cold light of day the water does have a brown tint to it and the filter is quite brown, i take it this is from the wood.

Not sure if it is worth putting it back in or changing to some rocks.
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:02 AM   #13
 
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In the cold light of day the water does have a brown tint to it and the filter is quite brown, i take it this is from the wood.

Not sure if it is worth putting it back in or changing to some rocks.
The brown tint is most likely tannins from the wood. Mopani I have found to have a lot of tannins. These are not harmful.

That is a nice chunk of wood, it is worth trying it. The fungus may be non-toxic, unfortunately there is no way to test this except in a tank with fish.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:36 AM   #14
 
Quick update, gave it a good scrub and boil and has been back in the tank for a week and no new growth although i do now have 6 guppies and 3 amano shrimp in there and they are doing fine.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:45 PM   #15
 
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how logn did you boil it? and was the water all nasty and gross looking? u can do this a few times to get as much out as you can. (carbon will also suck up the tannins) but you have to replace carbon every 30 days or so or it will leech out whatever it has absorb the past 30 days.
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:28 AM   #16
 
I had it in a bowl and poured boiling water over it, covering it. I did this for a day changing the boiling water about 6 times, so not actually boiling it. Gave it a good scrub in between each new hot water.

the water didn,t get that dirty, after a day it was pretty clear so put it back in and it seems fine.
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:31 AM   #17
 
Should i be looking at changing the carbon filters in my filtration soon? i have had the wood in from day 1 and that was 3 weeks ago, i do have tannings in the water but not to any great extent.
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:00 AM   #18
 
i did the same thing you did. i placed my wood in a bucket and poured boiling water over it and changed it ever 4 hrs or so and coving it with a lid. atfer a week i put them in my tank. for 3 weeks i have tea colored water but after every water change it got better.
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:13 AM   #19
 
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Thank you for this thread, I was just about to do some research on boiling new driftwood...

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Old 03-08-2013, 04:48 AM   #20
 
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Yes I would replace the carbon since it is prob about full if it atill leeches boil it for like a half hr rinse repeat till u ate satisfied
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