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mags2313 01-18-2009 02:08 PM

QUESTION before I add a piece of driftwood to my 32g...
I am thinking about adding a small-medium size piece of driftwood into my 32g...
My ph in my 32 flucuates between 6.5 and 7.2...
Should I not add the driftwood ?Would it lower my ph even more?

willow 01-18-2009 02:16 PM

i think you'd be ok,it won't lower it that much.

mags2313 01-19-2009 07:14 AM

Oh OKay..
So, It won't lower my pH down to 4 or 5 or something right?
Any tips on what I should do to the driftwood before I put it in my tank?
I got it wrapped in plastic from a fish and aquarium store here in town...

Thanks a bunch

onefish2fish 01-19-2009 07:26 AM

boil it, this will release some of the tannins that will discolor your tank water and lower ph as well as kill any bugs,bacteria and bad things on/within the wood.

WisFish 01-19-2009 08:43 AM

Just soak it, rinse and repeat until it's water logged and not coloring the water too much. Depending on the type of wood, it could color your water for a while, but that's normal.

onefish2fish 01-19-2009 08:45 AM

depending on the wood it shouldnt have to be soaked to get water logged because its already very dense and then there is also the option of screwing it to a piece of slate.

SinCrisis 01-19-2009 11:19 AM

i added a medium size piece fo wood to my 46 gallon a few weeks ago and it only dropped my ph by .2 and i ahve extremely soft water. I dont think you ahve much to worry about. You could try to buffer your water a little if your still concerned.

DavidZ 01-19-2009 12:06 PM

wouldn't worry

aunt kymmie 01-19-2009 01:51 PM

Agreed, it won't lower your ph drastically. I would boil (not just soak) the wood just to err on the side of caution. No since risking the health of your tank on an unseen *bug or bacteria* that may be on the driftwood. :-)

Lupin 01-20-2009 06:02 AM

Mags, it may be useful if you test your KH and GH using API liquid test kits. Considering your pH tends to change, you may want some buffer in it. Baking soda can be added. I just use plaster of Paris to help buffer the water which then stabilizes the pH. Other options include crushed corals, crushed oyster shells, limestones and marble chips. All can be placed in your filter.

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