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Old 06-20-2012, 07:31 PM   #11 
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2 ways to cure driftwood:

1) Boil it in hot water for 2 hours and let it dry in the sun for 3 days

2) Let it sit in the sun for 2 weeks

And to get rid of tannins, keep it in a bucket outside for 2 weeks and every other day change the water until the water stays clear and you dont have to change the water so often anymore.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:41 PM   #12 
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Tannins releases are actually really benefit to your fish, so if you don't mind the water being a natural brown, which is actually appealing, you don't need to soak it, but boiling will take most tannins out.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:30 PM   #13 
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Also note that if you use mopani and other driftwoods they can cause the nastiest looking opaque white film at first. The nastiness will go away after a week or so but it will literally look like the log is covered in a white haze until a bacteria that eats it comes along and clears it up. I bought a piece of mopani for my 6.6g bookshelf tank and even after boiling it for 2 hours it looked great for the first few days then Turned gross for a little over a week.
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