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Re: [APD] Tannin from Driftwood
It depends on the wood, it's density and how tannin rich it
It could simmer down in a few weeks, months, or take more
than a year.
I suggest that you wait and see how bad it gets just before
a regular water change -- do this for a few changes. If
that's too dark, then bite the bullet and remove the wood
and simmer it for about 30 minutes.
It's a bit of trouble to remove and reinsert it, but you
don't want to be unhappy with your aquarium every time you
look at it.
This works for me anyhow.
Good luck, good fun,
--- David Nesom <david at nesom_net> wrote:
> I finished setting up a 20 gallon paludarium last week
> and, after getting
> some design flaws corrected, added the water. I realized
> then that I had I
> neglected to soak or boil the piece of driftwood that is
> in it. Thus it is
> leaching tannins into the water column. This is a 20
> gallon tank with net
> 7ish gallons of water with Flourite over a layer peat for
> the substrate. I
> could pull the driftwood out and soak it now to clear it
> up but it would
> muck up the substrate and the water pretty badly to do
> so. I'd prefer not to
> do this.
> What I'm wondering is, How long will it likely take to
> stop discoloring the
> water with weekly 50 percent water changes and is it okay
> to go ahead and
> plant the submersed plants before all the tannins have
> leached out?
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