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Old 06-20-2012, 09:42 PM   #1 
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Finally got me some driftwood!

It was on sale. So I took the plunge. So far it has been boiling for hmm about 3 hours. I changed the water once when it got opaque with tannins. i'll scrub it out with a scrub brush too. Any other suggestions for cleanign this thing off. It's mopani drift wood. . . Super excited to rescape the tank aroudn this! it's gonna look nice and full compared to the tiny rock arch thing in there now.

Also.. I am strongly considering adding dirt to my tank . I have sand in there now, but it is apparently a spawnign ground for cyanobacteria ( Blue Green Algae) and I think I will have to replace the sand to get the particles out. So I figure. If I do that, why not add dirt. Cause.. that would realllly help my plants out. They arent growing much at all. That and a new light.

Is miracle grow organic the best way to go? How much do I need for a 6 gallon tank( not a long one like the book shelf ).

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Old 06-20-2012, 09:49 PM   #2 
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looks like a really nice piece that you got there, nice.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:51 PM   #3 
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oooo I love driftwood! that particular type tints the water beautifully :D
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:24 AM   #4 
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prepare yourself for a lot of months of ugly looking mold. no matter what you do. lol u will have a bunch of tannins leaking out too for at least half a year, but that's not a bad thing for the fish. u might get lucky with mold, but unlikely :/ sorry, i just don't want you to get too excited and then see how much trouble wood can be when you first get it :/
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:42 AM   #5 
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really depends on the wood, i havent had any mold on my pieces of wood.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:00 AM   #6 
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yeh but mopani is notorious for getting mold. i have 2 pieces i just didn't have patience to wait anymore after a year and didn't wanna soak them in tubs for more months. i do have a successful piece though and it's gorge :)
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:04 AM   #7 
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u just talking about the white stuff?
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yep :) to be fair i had big thick pieces tho. the one that was least problematic was pretty thin in comparison.
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