Purigen?

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James95

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Hello everyone,

I recently redecorated my 90 gallon tank and added 3 large pieces of mopani wood. They've discolored my water significantly... And although my South American cichlids are enjoying the tannins, I am not.

I added a bag of activated carbon to the filter a few days ago and it hasn't cleared up much, so I'm thinking about trying a bag of Purigen instead. The reviews seem really great. Any opinions or advice on the stuff? I normally don't even run carbon in my tanks, I'm chemical filtration-illiterate, if you will. Thanks in advance!
 

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Did you soak them in hot water before you added them to the tank?
 
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Followed the instructions and soaked them, but I knew if I waited to keep soaking them until they stopped leaching it would be weeks before they were ready. I'm too impatient for that, haha!
 

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There's your problem then haha. You could try Purigen and see if it would work. I heard activated carbon would work too, but it didn't do much for me either. I haven't tried Purigen as I have a planted tank now, but I decided just to roll with the tannins. I picked fish that preferred tannin-stained water, and they all seem happy!
 

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It would probably be months... I once soaked a large piece of Mopani wood for almost 3 months, draining and refilling the tank I was soaking it in with hot water every day, and the water was dark with tannins within hours every time. At the end, I was filling it with tank-temp water and still the water turned very dark within hours. I ended up selling it.

 
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SnyperTodd said:
It would probably be months... I once soaked a large piece of Mopani wood for almost 3 months, draining and refilling the tank I was soaking it in with hot water every day, and the water was dark with tannins within hours every time. At the end, I was filling it with tank-temp water and still the water turned very dark within hours. I ended up selling it.
Exactly... I wasn't willing to wait that long. Or deal with that everyday. Doing this and finding a way to keep the water clear seemed more practical to me!
 
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