I have a new five gallon tank that I have just started cycling yesterday. I have usually used all plastic decorations but in this tank I have gravel, some live plants and a bit of driftwood.
I was wondering what the proper process is for preparing driftwood for a new tank? The driftwood is a small piece, and I bought it from a pet store. It is Malaysian driftwood I believe, if that makes any difference.
When I got it, I rinsed it off and brushed all the loose woody bits off it. I boiled water and soaked it in the boiling water for a couple hours, rinsed it again, soaked it in new water but just hot from the tap. More rinsing and brushing, and more soaking in fresh hot water. In total I think it was soaked in hot or boiling water for about four hours and rinsed under running water several times.
Is there anything else particular I needed to do before placing it in the tank?
Also, the tank, a day later has turned a slight brownish colour. Does this discolouration from the driftwood have any affect on the water quality?
I am not sure at this point whether to do big (maybe 50%) water changes everyday to dilute the discolouration, or whether to take the driftwood out completely and soak it for a few days (or more??) in its own bucket =S
Any help would be great!! =)
I have included a pic of my tank as it was while I was setting it up yesterday, just to help my explanation above. This pic was taken before the discolouration while I was still setting up.