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Old 09-23-2010, 12:22 PM   #1 
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driftwood as ph buffer and water softener?

Someone told me a piece of driftwood in your aquarium will help soften the water up and neutralize the water ph? Any true to this... Thanks!!!
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Old 09-23-2010, 01:51 PM   #2 
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Dont mess with your water chemistry. Unless its something ridiculous (in which you will need more than driftwood to help) the fish will adapt to it.
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Old 09-23-2010, 08:42 PM   #3 
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IME driftwood doesn't have an effect on the pH of the water. I've heard that before as well but I've had tanks set up for over 6 months with driftwood and the pH has not changed.
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Old 09-24-2010, 12:20 AM   #4 
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Driftwood can release tannins which are acidic and effect the pH of your water. It is typically a small effect and depends on the composition of your water. If your water has a large amount of dissolved solids, these act as a buffer and you may not see an affect on pH. Using driftwood to control pH and water softness is a temporary measure. While quite a bit of tannins are initially released when you first add driftwood to your tank, less and less is released as time goes on.
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THanks all... I just heard some guy at the fish store mention it and was wondering if there's some truth to it
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