Is the driftwood at petsmart actually on the shelves and not in a tank? I guess I may have been looking in the wrong places xD
Do you need to change the water more often? Or should it be fine?
I saw it on a shelf just an aisle or two over from the fish section. It was lose on the shelf with a tag on each. Sometimes the pieces are too big, so I check often.
If I soak the pieces for a few days, it takes some color out but it still leaves some in, the tank water will still be a little brownish. It looks better in the tanks I have with a background and a light. BUT- you could boil it, like some people say. I just didn't want to because I figured it would be fine if it was a little brackish. I think that maybe the wood does contribute to a little bit more of a dirty "look" though, sometimes there seem to be tiny wood particles on the floor of my tanks. I don't have any substrate though, to hide it.
In my case, I feel that y water will either be VERY hard or a little brackish looking. Our water here is very high ph/hard and I either use driftwood or peat moss granules to soften it, and both make the water brown. I don't know how else to naturally lower ph and our tap water and spring water are both higher than 8.
BTW here is a pic of one of my tanks I changed around recently. 5.5 gallon for Alejandro, I have a blue and orange theme for my room where he is.
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I don't usually go for non-natural tanks, but something about your aquarium makes me smile. Reminds me of Finding Nemo
By the way, if that's a real seashell floating up in the right-hand corner, you should remove it because it'll alter your pH, most likely making it higher than it already is.
I am transitioning some of my tanks to mostly driftwood and plants, but this tank doesn't have a strong light so I didn't know if plants would be ok in there.
Oh it's not a shell - it's a sort of hammock I made covered with aquarium sand. I did read about the shell/ph thing a while ago and made sure not to use any shells. But advice always appreciated, I didn't know that for a while.