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Max77 12-27-2008 06:38 PM

Driftwood leaching
I have a new 55 gallon tank cycling right now with 8 tiger barbs that were previosly in a 10 gallon tank. I thought the tank was two small so I decided to take my chance at cycling the 55 with them. I have a nice price of driftwood that was purchased at a LPS that has started to leach tannins into my water. Will this have an effect on my cycling process? Will the water stain a container that the driftwood is in?

Totally of topic, but does anyone have a link to a cheap python, or a good website to buy off of? Water changes with a bucket are not fun:-)


Sucidemonkey 12-27-2008 07:24 PM

have you tried walking into petsmart and buying a Gravel Siphon? I couldnt find it on a link for you but i know they have them in stock. Also when purchasing measure the distance between your tank and the Sink you will be using. Cause mine i hook up the the sink and turn the water on and it automatically starts siphoning and then i can reverse it with fresh water to refill the tank. IDK what its called excatly but i got it at petsmart for like 45$ if i can recall correctly. ABout the driftwood thing. I dont mess with with driftwood for that reason, ive heard they can stain. Dont take my word for it.

andreannestvincent 12-28-2008 12:49 AM

The driftwood won't affect your cycle the tannin is harmless to your filter/fish/cycle.

SinCrisis 01-03-2009 10:35 PM

yup the driftwood wont harm ur cycle but watch ur ph, itll drop as more tannins leech into your tank.

onefish2fish 01-03-2009 10:42 PM

as you do your water changes the "tea color" should decrease over time. you can also try running carbon in your filter to help remove it. some people like the look.

jeaninel 01-03-2009 11:34 PM

Drs. Foster and Smith has a pretty good price on the Python.
Aquarium Maintenance & Water Changes: Python No Spill Clean 'N Fill

Fishcricker 01-04-2009 04:59 PM

You can remove the driftwood and boil it a few times and that will help take out some of the tannins. That is what we did with our mopani wood.

thespiff 01-04-2009 05:19 PM

The tannins are harmless to the fish, though they will probably have a small impact on pH (will lower it).

Be aware that unless you take the wood out and boil it as recommended above you will probably have tea colored water for a long time.

Some people like the effect, but I had the same issue with the first piece of driftwood I bought and I wasn't really pleased to see brown water for 6 months. And this was when I was still keeping up with my weekly water changes.

Tyyrlym 01-05-2009 11:38 AM

If you have hard water the tannins won't do much to your pH. There'll be too much buffer in the water for the small amount of acid leeching to do anything.

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