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Old 09-07-2010, 04:02 AM   #1 
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I have wood

Pardon the gaudy title lol

I recently picked up one of those dried pieces of wood.
It's got a big knot in it, which I poked out and cleaned up as best as I could so Sam could swim through it, not get his fins torn up on sharp pieces, etc.

Instead of sitting obediently on the bottom this piece of wood wants to float.
I thought it'd get a lil waterlogged if I just gave it time and settle down, but it continues to float.
That's fine, it's kind of interesting I guess.

My question is, in an unfiltered tank (and I change the water once weekly without fail)
will this cause excess gas to build up as the wood decomposes or will it be okay?
Will it cause excess algae or anything?

I basically just want to know if this wood should affect anything at all negatively.
I change the water and de-calcify it and salt it and keep it at temp, all in all decent conditions.
I never get algae or anything during the one week period.

I also have a live plant in there and some moss floating around.

Thanks for any input you have.

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Old 09-07-2010, 12:46 PM   #2 
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Unfortunately it's not as simple as washing the wood and dropping it in the tank. The wood needs to be boiled and soaked in dechlorinated water in order to become waterlogged and to release some of the tannins that it will eventually leach into the water. These tannins aren't harmful, but they will quickly turn your water so brown you will have a hard time seeing your fish and your plants will have a hard time getting adequate light.

Depending on the piece, you may have to boil it a few times, and then let it soak outside in the sun to get as many of the tannins out as possible. Even after boiling and soaking, the wood will still release some tannins, but it should be a lot more manageable.
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I have noticed that the water is a little murky.
Should I remove the wood now and start boiling it?
..Then leave it in the boiled water outside?
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