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Old 03-11-2012, 03:22 PM   #11
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Activated carbon can be used to remove the tannins but be careful as it will remove all meds added also. Tannins can actually be beneficial to the aquarium if you don't mind the look so much. To overcome Tannins there are a couple of options I go by. Buying pre soaked wood, I purchased my pre soaked marsh root from my LFS looks fantastic the plecs love it and no tannins. The other option is plain and simple patience I'm afraid just keep soaking and changing the water, eventually it will be clear. I have heard of people sticking it in the dishwasher but not tried this personally. Hope this helps
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I've tried the dishwasher. It does help some but will not remove all the tannins. Since the wife objects to my using the dishwasher to clean DW, I just soak it in a 5 gallon bucket, changing the water every couple of days until it clears up. I had some smaller pieces (about 4"x4") clear up in a couple weeks. A larger piece of Mopani wood (6"x12") took almost 2 months and still leached out some for another 3 months.
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I boil water and fill a ice chest with it and soak the wood in that , drain and repeat in morning and night , it is usually ready to go in a day or 2 for most pieces. The ice chest keeps the water hot for a long time and speeds up the process. FYI Some pieces just seem to hold on to tannins for a long time.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:30 PM   #14
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I bought a large piece of malaysian driftwood yesterday, probably the worst ones for tannins, I soaked it in my icechest overnight in boiling water, the water was so dark I could not even see the wood when I looked this morning, I drained it and added regular temp water, the water stayed clear all day, im going to put it in the aquarium friday but it is good to go now.
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:37 PM   #15
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Ive always hated the idea of tannins my lfs has them already in the water
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