Got a nicely shaped piece in my tank.
I soaked mine for days in hot water (changed daily). Once in the SpecV, I still got the water darkening, and then the slimy areas on the wood. Eventually I could not take it (3 weeks-ish), so I removed the wood and tried boiling it for an hour, then when cooled, replaced it. Less than a week later, I have even MORE darkening of the water, and a really huge bloom of the slime on and even a halo around this piece of wood.
The fish likes the piece, as I arranged it so that it created two different hiding spots for him, but how long will this discoloration and slime go on? Anything else I can do to speed things up???