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Old 07-12-2010, 05:18 PM   #1
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driftwood cleaning

so my first piece came today, its about 10inches long or so, i boiled it for 1hr, changed the water and boiled it again and again for a total of 3hrs. i was wondering what other method i could do to remove the tannings?
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Old 07-12-2010, 05:21 PM   #2
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soak it in a bath tub or in a bucket and change the water out frequently. depending on what kind of wood it is, you may not be able to get all the tannins out for years to come. in that case filter carbon helps to remove tannins in the water, and other filter media like filter floss will help.
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Old 07-12-2010, 05:24 PM   #3
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its this kind of driftwood

Amazon.com: Driftwood - Mangrove - 9 1/4 in. x 6 in. x 3 1/4 in.: Kitchen & Dining

^_^, im going to soak it now and change it every 2-3 hrs



RESIN is what kind of driftwood it is
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Old 07-12-2010, 06:02 PM   #4
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Do not boil it.

I hate to say this... but I think that is fake. Resin is the material.

The good news is that it shouldn't contain any tannins.
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Yes, Resin is a material (i.e. not wood). If your driftwood is "resin" that it is replica driftwood.

for instance my tacky castle in my 10g and my tacky pirate ship in my 75 are both made of Resin.

On the plus side, if it is made of resin, it certainly won't leach any tanins into your water. I do not know how it will handle boiling though.
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oh **** okay ty for the help ^_^ going to add it into my tank now after it drys ^_^ CHEERS
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okay, the next driftwood that will arrive next week is malaysian, how do i clean it or do i even have too?
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I would probably boil it (as it may have some bad stuff on it).

Also, mal driftwood is a very dark wood that will leech a lot of tannins in your water. Some people like the Tea water look, others don't. If you don't just soak it in a bucket and change the water for a week or two...
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i sort of like the tea looking water, my gravel already makes the water look green, ill have some pics in a day or two, my camera is finally coming back to me =] but how dark is dark??? because from the pictures, it looks pretty light

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ef=oss_product

and about the tannings, what happens if i dont clean it >___> i read that it might lower ph, is that true?

maybe thats just from the pictures >___> well ill figure it out tyty
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I currently have 2 pieces of Malaysian driftwood soaking.and at first they turned the water VERY dark. Of course this is only about 3-4 gallons of water, so in a larger tank it might be tolerable. You could always put them in your tank and then use water changes to lessen the dark color if you want to... but it might take a lot of water changes

And yes tannins will lower your PH regardless if you clean the wood or not. You are never going to get all the tannins out of a piece of wood, I am just hoping to get enough out of mine that it doesn't drastically change my water color in between my weekly PWC's. But even then I am assuming my PH will be lowered a bit.
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