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Old 03-04-2012, 02:57 PM   #21
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I own cabins up by lake michigan, and those driftwood pieces are free. Naturally I start a project that needs what I cannot get because of the time started!
I need less tea. Oh well there is a reason, if none found it gets tossed in the junk-
I should have went hunting for mine, I bought mine online and the description said preboiled and free of tannins! Life of tea over here too
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Lots* not life... My goodness this phone has a mind of its own!
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It's recommended to boil at 30 min intervals. Don't ask me though, I can't remember the last tank I've had with wood. I think since the mid 90's.
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Just now am I actually optimistic of getting clean, clear water tomorrow. It's taken days and days but it is beginning to have almost no color and the 30 min. intervals regimen sounds perfect- hang in there and eventually it really will stop. I honestly doubted it, shame on me.
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Don't be afraid of a little tannin!! If it leaches in the tank it's no big deal. Water changes and carbon will help if you don't like it.
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Don't be afraid of a little tannin!! If it leaches in the tank it's no big deal. Water changes and carbon will help if you don't like it.
I'm not sweatin the color change... What about ph? Will dw mess with it? I'm keeping African cichlids, and from what I read they prefer a higher ph.
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Old 03-05-2012, 01:27 AM   #27
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Just now am I actually optimistic of getting clean, clear water tomorrow. It's taken days and days but it is beginning to have almost no color and the 30 min. intervals regimen sounds perfect- hang in there and eventually it really will stop. I honestly doubted it, shame on me.
Ahhh lucky duck! Mine faded but showed no signs of giving in
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I'm not sweatin the color change... What about ph? Will dw mess with it? I'm keeping African cichlids, and from what I read they prefer a higher ph.
What kind of decor do you have. Do you use any crushed coral for substrate or limestone rocks?
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I just have cichlid stones and some fake plants now, I ordered some "tiger stripe" rocks from eBay that I'm expecting any day now and I'm switching to blasting sand soon.
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I'm not sweatin the color change... What about ph? Will dw mess with it? I'm keeping African cichlids, and from what I read they prefer a higher ph.
The higher the pH usually the harder the water. The harder the water the less the effect of the tannins. I have wood in all my tanks. I have a pH of 7.6 from the tap and all my tanks (except the ones with play sand that sit at 8 ). The wood doesn't effect it at all. I don't presoak any wood anymore. The tanks turn a tea color between water changes and have no drop in pH. I'm sure if there was a huge amount it would change but I'm yet to see it.
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