Removing Tanin from driftwood/bogwood

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    Hi all

    I had a few pieces of bogwood/driftwood that I had lying around in the garage, Ive been boiling them in a bucket for over two weeks now, but the water still goes a dark tea color...

    Any ideas to remove Tanin quickly and completely?

    Thanks.
    Dean
     
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    besides boiling it and soaking it like you have been doing, i dont know of any way to speed this up...
     
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    It will eventually come out right? Or will it not be as drastic if I put it in my tank now?
     
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    As the wood decomposes it will keep producing "tannins". There is no way around this other than varnishing the wood with a non-toxic varnish but this creates other problems.

    Just put the wood in the tank and hope for the best. Filtering though carbon will take the tannins out of the water as will filtering though a calciferous material like shell grit or lime stone.

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    yeah, they eventually stop leaching that much...

    some people including myself, dont mind the color of the water too much..

    as tyrone says though, without sealing the wood totally, which is not ideal, there will always be some tannins...
     
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    Ok thanks, Ill stick them in and see what happens.
     
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    Actually some fish actually like the tanin on the water, most fish from the Amazon enjoy it.

    If the tank gets really brown, use some activated carbon on your filter, with some filter floss wrapped around, it works for me.
     
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