I Boiled My Driftwood, Now What?

Fruity

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I bought two pieces of marcopI at Petco and was soaking them in a bucket, changing the water 1-2 times a day for about 4 days to reduce tannins.

Then I decided to boil them for safety. So they were completely submerged and boiled for two hours. Am I good to put them in the tanks or should I soak them in the bucket for another week or so?

Is soaking vs. boiling an either/ or thing or should I do both?
 

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It's usually an either/or. You can go ahead and add them.
 

NYFishGuy

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I boiled mine about 5 times, soaked for days, changing water ect over 2 weeks.
Still stains water, not too bad tho
 

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You're almost ALWAYS going to get tanins off of wood. Like forever. So you can fight it (activated carbon helps) or embrace it.

Personally I am in the embrace it camp. My office tank is crystal clear, my bed room tank is 'dark water' and has a pond feel to it. Guess which one has all the wood it in?
 
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Well, I went ahead and put it in the tank. After boiling, the water was very dark. Going on 24 hours after putting it in the tank, it doesn't seem to be discoloring my water. (Not a huge deal if it does, though.)
 

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