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Postby IndianoAnnie » Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:56 pm

Hi, I bought some drift wood a few weeks ago, let it steep for 1 week then boiled it twice, eventually i have placed it my tank with java moss attached and its still giving off tannins, will this go eventually?
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Re: drift wood

Postby englishmx » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:57 pm

IndianoAnnie wrote:Hi, I bought some drift wood a few weeks ago, let it steep for 1 week then boiled it twice, eventually i have placed it my tank with java moss attached and its still giving off tannins, will this go eventually?


Yes.......

Will soon dilute over time with your usual water changes
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Re: drift wood

Postby chopper » Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:14 pm

carbon is meant to take the colour out
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Re: drift wood

Postby IndianoAnnie » Tue Nov 06, 2012 6:38 pm

aww okay thanks :)
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Re: drift wood

Postby justlovindanios » Tue May 13, 2014 11:12 am

my driftwood will not sink how long should i soak it for ?
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Re: drift wood

Postby Carylnz » Wed May 14, 2014 1:04 am

This varies from hours to years depending on the type of wood. Some wood never sinks!
Have you tried boiling it with a small handful of baking soda added to the water? I think the idea behind this is it forces air out of the wood so it sinks but not sure if this is a valid theory.
Make sure you then soak, or rinse, well afterwards to get any remaining soda off or it will raise the pH.
Depending on size, you can silicone it to a sheet of glass or Perspex then slide the sheet under the substrate.
You can silicone it to the sides of the tank (if that suits the aquascape) but need to drop the water level to do this.
Push a heavy fishing sinker into a hollow, or drill the right sized hole at the back. Contrary to what some claim, this does not affect the fish (lead poisoning etc).
Arrange it where you want them weight down bits with rocks. This does not always look good though but it can work on the right shaped wood.
Is it large enough to jam the top end under a tank brace? (if the tank has bracing).
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