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I have a nice piece of driftwood, that barely fits in my 75 gallon that has not stopped leaching tannins. I soaked it for at least 3 weeks in a utility tub and then got impatient. I have been doing water changes almost every other day just to make the plants viewable. This has been going on for about 3-4 months. Its too big to boil, so what can I do to make it stop?
 

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not much you can do if you cant boil it. try carbon and purigen in the filter. i've had natural driftwood leach for 5-10 years in my oldest tanks. it just depends how long if ever it was submerged before you got it.
 

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It would be perfect for a blackwater biotope. ;)

Carbon should help some, as mentioned above.
 

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It was brand new (never soaked) from a store when I bought it. I guess I will try carbon and see how that works. Any negative effects from the carbon?
 

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It was brand new (never soaked) from a store when I bought it. I guess I will try carbon and see how that works. Any negative effects from the carbon?
No negative effects from carbon that I know of. There is a concern among some planted tank entusiasts that carbon can absorb fertilizers that you put in and then the plants starve. There is a thread about this that Hoppycalif started in the "Science of Aquatic Fetilizers" forum where someone actually posted which substances are absorbed by carbon and it seemed to suggest there is no need for concern.

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/...tilizing/52343-filter-carbon-fertilizers.html

In my opinion, carbon will not have any negative effect in a planted tank.

-Dave
 

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If it will fit put in a dishwasher with no detergents and use hot water. Run it thru all wash and rinse cycles. Let cool down with an air dry and then rinse it the best you can. This works for me.
 

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If it will fit put in a dishwasher with no detergents and use hot water. Run it thru all wash and rinse cycles. Let cool down with an air dry and then rinse it the best you can. This works for me.
I will have to wait until the wife leaves for vacation to do this.
 

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If it will fit put in a dishwasher with no detergents and use hot water. Run it thru all wash and rinse cycles. Let cool down with an air dry and then rinse it the best you can. This works for me.
Wow, I wish I would have read this. I dont use my POS dishwasher atm anyways.
 
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