I ordered some Malaysian driftwood. It is supposed to be tannin free, so I was wondering if I still needed to soak it a while before placing it in my tank or if there is anything else I need to do to prep it before adding it to my aquarium?
still soak the wood first to get rid of the dirt and grime.
It will need a good rinsing (with a soft brush too) to remove the dust and dirt. I would do this in a pail if the wood is small enough. Most wood leeches some tannin, varying with the type. If this is the dark wood that I have (which I have seen called Malaysian among several other names) it will release tannins for a short time, so soaking it or (if not too large) boiling it for 15-20 minutes will remove the bulk of tannins. Or you can place it in the aquarium (after the rinse); the tannins will not harm fish or plants, and should dissipate in a few weeks depending upon the size of the wood and the tank volume.
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