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Driftwood and Tannin...

Hi All,

I finally got my driftwood, gravel, and rocks in place. What a soup... The
fluorite was amazingly dirty and took at least a dozen rinses to get
anywhere near clear. It is still settling. The bummer is that when I bought
my driftwood I somehow got the impression that it had been in water already
so that it would have leached out the tannins or what ever else needs to
dissipate. Not true. My tank now looks like strong tea and I have already
buried the slate base under 3 to 4 inches of Fluorite. I do not have plants
or critters in the tank yet. Can I just let it leach in place and then
change the water a couple of times? Can I add plants after a couple of
changes? Should I drop a bag of charcoal in my sump for a couple of weeks...

Thanks for any tips,

Paul Mouritsen

Washington, DC


           Paul Mouritsen.....mourip @ erols.com

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