I ordered some driftwood from eBay and after much trouble and kindness from my seller, I FINALLY got it in. I love how it looks! I wouldn't mind the size being a tad
smaller, but it's fine the way it is and the shape is just perfect.
But. I soaked it in water 24/7 for a week and the water was still turning into tea over a 24 hour period. Frustrated, I went to the resale shop, grabbed an old pot and began to boil it. Alternately, I boiled and soaked that wood for ANOTHER week and the tannins are still
coming out of it. In fact, boiling made it release a whole deluge of tannins that turned the water to tea in seconds. Also, several parts of the wood began to disintegrate
into mush. Not all of it, just parts.
Finally, I got sick and tired of fighting my driftwood and just put it in the tank. It's slowly turning the water into tea, but as long as I keep on top of water changes it doesn't look too gross.
So. Even though I've given up on that driftwood, I'm still looking for answers.
Why did my driftwood act like that? I did everything I could find online to do to it, longer than anyone suggested, and I'm still looking at tea colored water.
Any ideas, oh Brilliant People of the Betta World? (no joke, I'm in awe of y'all)