05-09-2008, 12:31 AM
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| | Re: Getting Frustrated...and Hello!
Originally Posted by jmontee
If you have a large stock pot you can boil the wood for a couple of hours, change it once after one hour, and it will get rid of 99 percent of the tannins that darken the water. The other advantage is that it will kill any bacteria, fungus or any other stragglers that might be on it. I did this with all three peices in my tank and they didn't get any slime at all or leach anything into the water.
Actually I hadn't thought of that. Thanks a ton. For the new/accent pieces I think that will work great. For my centerpiece...it isn't happening =/. It's just too large. However...my water heater's set pretty hot, and after reading your post I went in and switched the cold water out for near scalding hot lol. Immediately the wood started leaching brown (it had gotten where it would take all day to turn brown). This makes me shudder to think of just how long it would have taken to even get to that point with cold water lol.