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Old 01-08-2013, 10:54 AM   #1
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What new driftwood causes...

What are the side effects of newly placed, boiled driftwood? I kind of remember the pH will drop.?? Will it cause a nitrAte spick also? My tank has cycled, I am not overloaded with fish. Loads of plants.
Using an API test kit my numbers are:

pH: minus 6. (tested it twice, nearly clear and I have crushed coral in the tank too)

Ammonia: 0.

NitrIte: 0 ppm

nitrAte .20 ppm - .40 ppm

Water change of 50% will most certainly be done tonight, until then I used Prime.

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Boiled DW will more than likely still lower your pH because it'll still leach Tannins, giving your water a tea like color. The more you boil, the more tannins will leach out, but it's virtually impossible to rid tannins completely. Other than that it should NOT affect any other of the water parameters
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