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Old 03-18-2013, 05:06 PM   #11
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I love the look of drift wood, but I don't think I'll like the tannins it gives off and makes your tank water tea colour, but I'm contemplating, as I have a tall tank and want something with height!

Your piece looks perfect!
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:53 PM   #12
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Yeah I'm going to repeatedly boil, soak, and hope for the best. People say that driftwood isnt worth the trouble of all the prep work to get it tank ready but I think it's worth it of you get the right piece. On my opinion, driftwood makes tanks look so much better!
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:59 PM   #13
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My big driftwood in my 110.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:00 AM   #14
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That's gorgeous! I'm on the hunt for a nice tall piece and ill boil and soak it as suggested I'm patient
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:13 AM   #15
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I love the look of drift wood, but I don't think I'll like the tannins it gives off and makes your tank water tea colour, but I'm contemplating, as I have a tall tank and want something with height!

Nothing the following couldn't eventually fix.

1. Constant PWC's ... Yep can be a bit annoying.
2. Purigen & or Carbon in the filter ....Works wonders to help remove tannins.
3. Good ole 100% Poly-fill .. Also works wonders to help remove tannins.

Mopani DW tends to be the most notorious tannin pack DW commonly found at LFS's.
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Just arrange it so you still get lots of water flow under it

I don't have any decor mainly because I need as much floor space as poss for my rays

But I have found the more decor you have the more places you have to trap dirt

Water conditions are the key to good fish keeping after all

WE DON'T KEEP FISH WE KEEP WATER

BAD WATER = NO FISH
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:51 PM   #17
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Nothing the following couldn't eventually fix.

1. Constant PWC's ... Yep can be a bit annoying.
2. Purigen & or Carbon in the filter ....Works wonders to help remove tannins.
3. Good ole 100% Poly-fill .. Also works wonders to help remove tannins.

Mopani DW tends to be the most notorious tannin pack DW commonly found at LFS's.
Yes, I'm a newbie and my tank is just in its second week of cycling, I have carbon in filter, and I just bought a small driftwood with Anubis attached and it was in a tank at shop so no tannins as yet, I'll wait till I'm more established. Thanks for advice tho, every little bit helps my knowledge pick y'all brains lol
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:56 PM   #18
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Just arrange it so you still get lots of water flow under it

I don't have any decor mainly because I need as much floor space as poss for my rays

But I have found the more decor you have the more places you have to trap dirt

Water conditions are the key to good fish keeping after all

WE DON'T KEEP FISH WE KEEP WATER

BAD WATER = NO FISH
Haha for me it's defiantly more water keeping as I have two very tiny tetras only just now.. Can't hardly see them even lol patients is a real virtue when starting this hobby!!!!
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So I might not be getting that piece now :/ my mom was going to buy it for me but now she said she won't because the guy is asking for $15 just for shipping. So I'm looking for a nice piece that's not as expensive now.
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So I might not be getting that piece now :/ my mom was going to buy it for me but now she said she won't because the guy is asking for $15 just for shipping. So I'm looking for a nice piece that's not as expensive now.
I found this piece at Marshalls for the grand price of $5:
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It was marked down from $26. Measures about 16"x16", I cut it off two branches and used stainless steel screws to mount it to a piece of slate (from Lowes; next to the tile cutting machine; it was really a scrap piece and was free because they were going to throw it out). I drilled a bunch of holes because I was not sure where exactly I was going to to place them.
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