Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 07-12-2017, 11:20 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
amaramwhite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 26
Tannins

I bought a piece of Mopani Driftwood, and I've boiled it at least 10 times. Tannins are still being released. I remember reading somewhere that seachem had a product that clears up your aquarium water from the tannins? What product is that?
__________________

__________________
amaramwhite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2017, 11:57 PM   #2
Grand Poobah of Fish Poo
 
Barliman's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Los Angeles, 3rd door on the left
Posts: 2,088
Quote:
Originally Posted by amaramwhite View Post
I bought a piece of Mopani Driftwood, and I've boiled it at least 10 times. Tannins are still being released. I remember reading somewhere that seachem had a product that clears up your aquarium water from the tannins? What product is that?
Mopani is a beautiful wood, but it carries a *lot* of tannins. I don't recall a product from Seachem, unless maybe Purigen absorbs it. Now that I think of it, Seachem Matrix Carbon should remove tannins, and it's longer lasting than regular carbon, from what I've read.
__________________

__________________
----
2x20-longs, one heavily planted. Platy rancher. They. Won't. Stop. Breeding.
Barliman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2017, 11:57 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
mimiheart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 297
Purigen?
__________________
mimiheart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2017, 12:13 AM   #4
Grand Poobah of Fish Poo
 
Barliman's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Los Angeles, 3rd door on the left
Posts: 2,088
Quote:
Originally Posted by mimiheart View Post
Purigen?
See: Seachem - Purigen

I use it in my tanks and love it.
__________________
----
2x20-longs, one heavily planted. Platy rancher. They. Won't. Stop. Breeding.
Barliman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2017, 02:27 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
toolman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Indiana
Posts: 1,275
Purigen will remove tannins, highly recommend it.
__________________
toolman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2017, 02:06 PM   #6
Grand Poobah of Fish Poo
 
Barliman's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Los Angeles, 3rd door on the left
Posts: 2,088
Quote:
Originally Posted by toolman View Post
Purigen will remove tannins, highly recommend it.
It sure makes my water crystal-clear.
__________________
----
2x20-longs, one heavily planted. Platy rancher. They. Won't. Stop. Breeding.
Barliman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2017, 02:18 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
MrsOddi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 21
+1 on Purigen. It's the best. Enjoy your new driftwood! 😁
__________________
MrsOddi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2017, 09:19 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
fishenthusiast's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Ohio
Posts: 2,199
Tannins

Activated carbon does a better job than Purigen in terms of removing tannins. If the tannins accumulate, just put some activated carbon in the filter for a couple days and your water will be crystal clear. For long term use in a planted tank, Purigen is the way to go. For short term heavy tannin removal, go with activated carbon. I used both to remove tannins that had accumulated in my tank.
__________________
fishenthusiast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2017, 10:32 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 724
To all those using Purigen is the regwnerations as labour intensive as the instructions on the site seem to indicate and do you have any recommendations on being sure of no bleach contamination as I have a peice of mopani releasing tannins 6 years later & am now really tired of my beige water - although the angels tetras & corys don't seem particulatly bothered by it LOL
__________________
earhtmother is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2017, 11:23 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 80
I have an older planted tank that I allowed the tannins to accumulate somewhat. I kind of enjoy the natural feel of the tank. But to someone not as earthy as me I totally understand. not wanting the tea tank syndrome
__________________
Jobin13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2017, 11:48 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Addict
Community Moderator
 
Fresh2o's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 12,863
I once used a bag of Purigen in the filter on my shrimp tank that has several pieces of Malaysian DW. Water was clear (as seen when doing water changes with a white bucket). Purigen got very dark so I did the recharge with a bleach solution. It lightened up a bit but developed this horrible sulfur smell. Repeated bleach and rinse sessions did not help. Ended up throwing it out.
DW still releasing tannins after 3 years.
__________________
I am an ALGAE farmer.
Terms of Service | Community Rules | FresH2O's Planted Tank | Fresh2o's Shrimp Tank
Fresh2o is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2017, 07:30 AM   #12
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
nirbhao's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Michigan, Metro Detroit
Posts: 3,000
We have Purigen in all three tanks. I've recharged multiple times. It's not hard at all. You put the bag in a bleach and water solution and let it sit overnight, stirring a couple of times. Rinse it with clean water. I usually use a boatload of Safe (like a teaspoon!) add let it soak for four hours, swishing it about a few times. You could also just let it dry out completely.
__________________
I'm probably on my phone.

http://injaf.org/
http://thedelicion.com
nirbhao is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2017, 01:46 PM   #13
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 724
Didn't really mind it for the first 5+years but now would like a change
__________________
earhtmother is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2017, 01:38 AM   #14
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
V227's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 2,280
I'm with you jobin13. Unless you are running a saltwater tank, I think that a slight tea tint to the water looks better and more natural than crystal clear. Not many rivers, lakes or streams fit that bill.
I aquascape all my tanks with limestone. The white rocks sort of balance out the stained water.
__________________
V227 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2017, 03:18 AM   #15
Grand Poobah of Fish Poo
 
Barliman's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Los Angeles, 3rd door on the left
Posts: 2,088
Quote:
Originally Posted by earhtmother View Post
To all those using Purigen is the regwnerations as labour intensive as the instructions on the site seem to indicate ...
I did it once and it's not all that labor intensive, but, honestly, the Purigen lasts so long (for me) that I just buy new 100ml bags through Amazon, rather than recharge it.
__________________

__________________
----
2x20-longs, one heavily planted. Platy rancher. They. Won't. Stop. Breeding.
Barliman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
tan, tannins

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
driftwood leeching out tannins despite boil/soak Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 12 01-20-2011 07:24 PM
wood tannins & nitrates Loren Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 18 10-07-2010 06:34 PM
how fast does 'carbon' work? will it remove tannins in 24hrs Bubble_B0y Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 3 08-14-2005 11:35 PM
Tannins and test results Fishyfanatic Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 13 07-12-2005 09:23 AM
Tannins and Bogwood - My First Mistake? trafficjam Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 6 08-25-2004 12:14 AM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:01 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×