- - Driftwood leaching
|Max77 ||12-27-2008 07:38 PM |
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 08:24 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 01:49 AM |
The driftwood won't affect your cycle the tannin is harmless to your filter/fish/cycle.
|SinCrisis ||01-03-2009 11:35 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 11:42 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.
|Fishcricker ||01-04-2009 05:59 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 06:19 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 12:38 PM |
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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