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Old 02-19-2014, 06:06 PM   #1 
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Driftwood in planted tank?

Hello everyone! Thursday or Friday I will be getting some plants and had originally planned to use faux wood in the tank but now I'm interested in getting real wood. I understand wood can change the Ph of your tank and leak tannins into the water. I also have heard you need to soak the wood for some time. How long would this take and what would I need to do? Also will the Ph change hurt my fish? And last of all, I really like the look of Malaysian driftwood. Is this good? Thanks! =)
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I have a piece in my Pleco's tank. Yes, it needs to soak for at least two weeks to a month with daily water changes to the driftwood. Its more natural for the fish though. I haven't noticed the PH level fall much with the driftwood. But I did soak it in steaming hot water (not sure that was necessary, just made me feel better) in a 5 gallon bucket for three weeks. I changed the water probably twice a day trying to get it ready for the tank. When the water goes clear its ready to go into the tank.
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I have a piece in my Pleco's tank. Yes, it needs to soak for at least two weeks to a month with daily water changes to the driftwood. Its more natural for the fish though. I haven't noticed the PH level fall much with the driftwood. But I did soak it in steaming hot water (not sure that was necessary, just made me feel better) in a 5 gallon bucket for three weeks. I changed the water probably twice a day trying to get it ready for the tank. When the water goes clear its ready to go into the tank.
Thanks so much! I have decided I will definitely do the real wood since I too like it being natural.
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