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Old 10-02-2011, 11:49 PM   #1
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Question Adding driftwood AFTER adding fish?

My fish are acclimated and I want to add some driftwood. Is it possible, or a bad idea given the potential for pH fluctuation ? It wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing for my pH to go down (I am at just under 7 and with apistos it can apparently be much lower). I am just wondering if messing with the water chemistry now would be bad in terms of stability for them.

Or should I just get fake?
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Old 10-02-2011, 11:52 PM   #2
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you can add it, id just boil or soak it for a while first, that way the tannins won't seek out as much
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Old 10-02-2011, 11:56 PM   #3
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you can add it, id just boil or soak it for a while first, that way the tannins won't seek out as much
Thanks. How long do you boil it? And I am assuming that (even after boiling) a little tannin leaks out, the change in pH would be gradual enough so as not to be harmful?

And is there a type of driftwood that is better than another?
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just boil it, then drain the water, and continue until the water runs clearer... a little will still leak, but yes it won't be as affective. as far as other types of driftwood, I'm unsure, but I'm sure you will be fine
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Thanks very much, patola_l !
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Old 10-03-2011, 02:46 AM   #6
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If its gathered properly, from freshwater streams, and has been regularly or constantly submerged, you wont likely have to deal with the tannin issue much.

Stay away from cedar. It looks good, but even extremely old cedar still has oils in it that will turn your water.

Are you buying it or gathering it yourself?
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:28 AM   #7
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I was planning on buying some (the easy way out!)
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:42 AM   #8
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Make sure it is freshwater driftwood for aquariums.

One of my local LFSs was selling driftwood, said it was "just regular driftwood, good for all tanks"

Turns out, it was shipped in from out of the country, has been in salt water, and was prepped for lizards and snakes, not fish.
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