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Aquarius Keeper 10-18-2008 12:02 PM

how long do wood tannins leech?
I boiled and added some driftwood to my cycling puffer tank - this morning the water is brown I'm surprised because it's beach-found wood that I assumed had been in the ocean a long time. If I let it soak for a while and then do 90% water change, will it just keep leaching? Will it ever stop??

Busgod 10-19-2008 12:34 AM

when I added wood It took 3 month for the water to clear.
but I also added two large chunks.

Most say anywhere from afew weeks to as long as several month.

hope this helps :-D;-)

flight50 10-23-2008 07:10 PM

if tannins are not out, you could be in danger. your ph can drop alot lower than you expected. you probably should have let is sit for awhile in a large container to be sure. add salt to aid in the tannins escaping faster. reboil it if you have to and repeat as nessessary. check your ph level.

Aquarius Keeper 10-23-2008 10:41 PM


I had it in a cycling tank and I'm worried I seriously damaged the cycle. I have it all in a tub right now ... seems to be running its course pretty quickly...

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