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Old 12-07-2022, 02:10 PM   #1
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Using cholla wood in tank

I have some questions about adding cholla wood to my tanks. I have two 20 gallon tanks: one has livebearers in it and the other one has mainly tetras.

I separated the 2 types of fish so that I could provide the right water parameters for them. We have very soft water in our taps here, so I add Seachem Equilibrium to my guppy tank to harden the water. I have a GH and KH testing kit, so I'm on top of that.

I have 2 pieces of cholla wood which I would like to add to the tanks. From what I've read, it sounds like wood lowers ph in aquariums which I'm assumin wouldn't be great for the guppy tank. However, I also read that tannins are good for guppies. Should I add the wood to the guppy tank or would it make maintaining the water hardness and ph too difficult?

I am currently soaking the wood to leech out excess tannins.

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Some driftwood will drop the pH, other wood won't. there's no real way of telling just by looking at the wood so put it in a container of water and monitor the pH. If it drops, then the wood will drop the aquarium pH.
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