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I have a piece of driftwood about 3 feet by 6 inches by 2 inches. I picked
it up in a pet store where it was being sold as "Reptile Wood" . Before I
started to prepare it it was streaked on the outside with dark and light
brown bands. After being soaked in a bleech water mixture for six months,
the light brown has turned a creamy white. The surface is gnarled and
twisted and it doesn't look like any wood I have seen locally
(noertheasterns U.S.) It doesn't appear to be from a softwood tree.
My question to the group is this. Even after six months of being soaked in
changed baths in a 72 gallon garbage can, it is still leeching out brownish
tannins into the water. Should I continue to soak this wood this way, or
will these tannins be a problem in the tank no matter how long it is soaked?
Will these in any way adversely effect the fish or plants in my tank? I
have a 90 gallon planted with Echinodorus and a few varies of Crypts.
Thanks in advance.