Just some question on driftwood...

  1. TheCoolFish Member Member

    Hi I have a 50 gallon tank I have been cycle this tank for three weeks now. I put some sticks (driftwood) in and as I expected the water turn tea color two days ago. I have never had driftwood in any of my tanks before and was wondering how long it would take before in is clear. I have an overflow filter. My pH is at 8.4 which is low so I'm going to put peat moss in. Ammonia 0 ppm. Nitrite 0 ppm. Nitrate 10 ppm.


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  2. Jake98 Member Member

    It depends on how much driftwood you added really, so a definitive answer is hard to give. If you didnt boil or soak them any at first maybe 6+ months, its really hard to say for sure.
     

  3. Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

    Good morning,

    Star.gif I have moved your thread from Cloudy Aquarium Water to Freshwater Tank Equipment/Driftwood section of the forum.

    It may take years for driftwood to stop leaching tannins, no one can pinpoint a certain time that it will stop. Too, with the addition of peat moss to your tank, you may never get rid of the tea colored water.

    Make sure any peat moss that you use is Organic or you can use Sera or Fluval Peat granules which I often use:

    http://www.kensfish.com/moreinfo/fluval-peat-granules-21oz.html

    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=21338

    http://www.tropicalfishexpert.co.uk/planting-with-peat.html

    Ken
     
  4. FiscCyning Member Member

    Removing the driftwood from the tank and boiling it can help leech out some tannins so that they aren't going into your tank water. Some pieces of driftwood will still keep releasing tannins for a long time but it is definitely worth a try.

    Also, what species of fish do you have that 8.4 ph is too low? 8.4 is actually quite a high ph.
     

  5. TheCoolFish Member Member

    It might be an algae bloom because I have been cycle my tank for three weeks now and I just got algae four days ago


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