driftwood problem

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  1. Forestisskiing

    Forestisskiing Astrea Snail

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    I've added some two toned African driftwood in my 30 gal tank. But before i did I soaked it for two weeks. Changing water everyday, sometimes twice a day. Then after those two weeks I boiled the driftwood for two hours. Changing the water half way thru the boil. My problem is. My water in tank is so stained I can barely see thru my tank. Im doing 30% water changes every week. What else can I do? :help:
     
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  3. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Use lots of carbon and/or Purigen. Change the carbon often and regenerate the Purigen as soon as it becomes exhausted. You will have tea colored water for years when you use root wood. Manzanita is the wood of choice.
     
  4. NanaReefer

    NanaReefer Fu Manchu Lion Fish

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    There's really not much you can do. Aside from taking it out and continue with what you were doing. Sometimes it takes a long time for the tannis to completely leach out of the wood.
    I once had a large piece in my 75 that leached for an entire year :( But I was keeping Discus so I didn't mind :) But to remove the majority of the color I used a Magnum 350 canister filter using the Micron Filter. It helps a lot!
     
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  5. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    That is another great tool.