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Old 02-24-2019, 06:02 PM   #1
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Malaysian Iron Driftwood. What to do??

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So I just bought this for 70$ and lfs. I never had driftwood before and I thought this would look cool in a planted tank.. (right now my tank isnít planted but Iím thinking about the future). How do I cure this thing ?
The guy at the store said to put it in water and vinegar. He said donít power wash it bc it could split the wood and donít boil it because it can get the wood soft. I still would like to boil it depending on your guys advice. Another guy at that store said no matter what youíll always have tannins in your water despite what I may do.. I still bought it because that didnít make much sense to me lol.. what do you guys recommend?
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Old 02-24-2019, 09:47 PM   #2
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I soaked mine for about 2 weeks. Just change the water every couple of days. Never had tannins.
Tannins aren't dangerous, they just stain your water.
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Did you just soak it in plain water ?
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Old 02-25-2019, 07:12 AM   #4
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Yeah, soaking helped it sink too.
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Old 02-25-2019, 10:15 AM   #5
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Ironwood *should* sink without soaking. My Mopani still gives off tannins after 5 years, my Spider wood too
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Maylasian will eternally stain your tank water. I have pieces of it that have been submerged in tanks for years that still cause tannin stained water. Just rinse it off in a big bucket of used tank water, then drop it in the tank. If it's Maylasian, it should sink like a rock. BTW, good looking DW.
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Maylasian will eternally stain your tank water. I have pieces of it that have been submerged in tanks for years that still cause tannin stained water. Just rinse it off in a big bucket of used tank water, then drop it in the tank. If it's Maylasian, it should sink like a rock. BTW, good looking DW.


How bad is the stain? Does your water always seem brown ?
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This is what it looks like. There are three very large pieces of Maylasian and a few good sized pieces of Manzanita. The light tea stained water doen't bother me & the fish seem to benifet from it.
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The only time I really notice the tannins in my water is when I take pictures of my tank as it make everything look yellowish. When just looking at the tank I don't really notice it. I've been told using Purigen will lessen or alleviate the colour but it doesn't really bother me that much so I may try this and see if it really makes a difference to my enjoyment of my tank.
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Nice to know.. if I donít like it then Iíll just take it out .. Iím thinking about boiling it before I put it in
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