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Old December 26th 05, 03:41 AM posted to rec.aquaria.freshwater.cichlids
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Default driftwood discoloration

I've had driftwood leach tannins & stain tanks for more than a year.
Although I don't mind. All the tanks that have the driftwood are tank that
suits the color of water.


"NetMax" wrote in message
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Yes, but the tannins are temporary and I always have to replace the fish
after I boil them ;~)
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"CanadianCray" wrote in message
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Carbon is good but is only temporary & boiling is free.


"NetMax" wrote in message
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Add fresh carbon to your filter, but should you bother? It's cosmetic
and will go away by itself. Some people want the effect and purchase
bottles of black-water extract to add to their tanks. ymmv
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"CanadianCray" wrote in message
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There are two ways. Boil the wood over & over until the water stops
chnage color. Or seal the wood with expoxy.


"Big Dummy" wrote in message
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I just shelled out $20 at the LPS for a smallish piece of driftwood, in
the
forlorn idiots hopes that such an expensive piece would not give me
the sort
of problems that found driftwood potentially usually has, namely
contamination, floating, and discoloration of the water. Well I guess
two
out of three (as far as I know) aint bad, the fish are still alive and
the
wood sunk down to the bottom just fine, but after a week the water is
already turning a kind of amber color, well on it's way to tea
colored,
thanks to the tannin leaking in from the wood.

What is the quickest and / or most efficient way I can "fix" or treat
this
wood, and some other wood I bought from Ebay, so that it will stop
seeping
tannin into the water and turning my tank brown? I know you can soak
it but
it seemed like last time I tried that it soaked for weeks and still
leeched
plenty of tanin. Any help would be appreciated.

DB