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Old 03-29-2012, 02:55 PM   #1
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Driftwood!!

Got myself a nice piece of driftwood( more of like a branch!!) and I've boiled it for 30 min.
How do I get it ready for my tank??
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:43 PM   #2
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Wel that's great. But sometimes d/w releases tanins for long. Wen I bought my one. I kept soak in a bucket for 2 weeks in tap water and changed the water in every 12th hour. Lastly I boiled and after that I add it in my tank.
U can google about the fact for alternate way but the best way is to hav patience and keep soak it in water for atleast 1 week.
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Wel that's great. But sometimes d/w releases tanins for long. Wen I bought my one. I kept soak in a bucket for 2 weeks in tap water and changed the water in every 12th hour. Lastly I boiled and after that I add it in my tank.
U can google about the fact for alternate way but the best way is to hav patience and keep soak it in water for atleast 1 week.
Well boiling the wood causes the tannins to release quicker.

I boiled mopani for bout an hour, changing the water once I couldn't see through it at all and it was fine after that...
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How long do I boil a stick that is a foot and a half long and 1/2in in diameter?
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you could boil water then pour it over the stick in the bathtub or something.
I just threw mine into the tank and it released a bunch of tannins. its not really going to hurt anything just turn the water colors

but like others have said it could release tannins for months and your particular branch seems like a pain
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If you want, you can just put the wood in. It will only produce tannins which won't harm your tank. It will only give it a yellowish colour.
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How do I make it sink??? W/out using any rock or extra to make it sink!!
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How do I make it sink??? W/out using any rock or extra to make it sink!!
Soak it to waterlog it. You will have to weigh it down either in a tub or in the tank. No way around it. Once it's soaked through with water you can remove the weights.
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How long will that be?
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Depends how dense the wood is. Could take days, could take months.
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