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PostSubject: Stained water from driftwood   Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:53 pm

After soaking and thinking I got most of the tannins out of my Malaysian driftwood, my water has a tea look to it. I was recently told by a LFS to add extra carbon, and it will clear up the water. Before I buy enough supply to add to my filters, I was curious if any of you have experienced success with this? We've kicked carbon, to use or not use, around quite a bit in the past.

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PostSubject: Re: Stained water from driftwood   Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:36 am

Yep, if you absolutely must get rid of the natural look Wink, then adding carbon to your filter will do the trick.
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PostSubject: Re: Stained water from driftwood   Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:19 am

Yes you can use activated carbon ...
the main problem with using it is that it removes the brown stuff. |;>)

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We've kicked carbon, to use or not use, around quite a bit in the past.
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PostSubject: Re: Stained water from driftwood   Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:46 am

If you are doing it for aesthetic reasons, sure. Also I find water changes and time help as well.

However, keep in mind that most tropical fresh water fish are exposed to tanins and stain in the water in their natural environment and it should not hurt the fish unless it becomes overly concentrated.

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PostSubject: Re: Stained water from driftwood   Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:12 pm

Thanks all. I was hesitant posting as I know asking about carbon is almost as controversial as a presidential election. Same with liking and not liking the tannin stained water. I do like a little, however, it returns quite quickly after water changes, and because some of my fish are quite dark, it does make them a little hard to see and enjoy..

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PostSubject: Re: Stained water from driftwood   Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:31 pm

Some fish keepers actually want tea colored water, for the natural amazon look......but, it will eventually go away on its own.....do lots of w.c.s
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PostSubject: Re: Stained water from driftwood   Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:58 pm

@krislewis3 wrote:
Some fish keepers actually want tea colored water, for the natural amazon look......but, it will eventually go away on its own.....do lots of w.c.s
Do you stain your water in your Discus set up?

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PostSubject: Re: Stained water from driftwood   Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:14 pm

I don't wanna sound ignorant...lol but I am. Smile 

Please PLEASE tell me you use tea bags to color your water. Very Happy

If not what do people normaly use?

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PostSubject: Re: Stained water from driftwood   Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:28 pm

@Sbane5001 wrote:
I don't wanna sound ignorant...lol but I am. Smile 

Please PLEASE tell me you use tea bags to color your water. Very Happy

If not what do people normaly use?
Not a silly question. Many driftwoods especially the Malaysian driftwood leach out tannins which discolor the water and eventually will go away most of the time. It does give a natural look to some aquariums and one that some enthusiasts like for their habitats. It does not hurt the fish and some say some species actually do better with it.
It really boils down to the enthusiasts preferences. I personally like to see how clear I can get my water so the staining is not always welcome by me. But remember each of us have different opinions.

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PostSubject: Re: Stained water from driftwood   Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:46 pm

In very soft acidic water, the dissolved organic carbon (DOC = yellow-brown stuff) is essential for helping fish regulate the balance of minerals in their blood and body fluids. They can't live in soft acidic water (pH below 4.5) without sufficient DOC. If your pH is above 5 and hardness is at least 10 mg/L, then DOC is not as crucial, although some blackwater species look better and breed better with high DOC. A guy on NANFA told me he uses "Pero instant coffee substitute" (it's mainly chicory and barley) to make blackwater. I use leaves and/or sphagnum peat.
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