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  1. I completley for got about the bleach idea. That may work good. I would then re-soak it to make sure you get the bleach out.

    lol it seems that i always end up dealing with whatever by using bleach!! I'm always SO parinoid about bleach but it sure does do the trick in a lot of cases!!

  2. Well it's mopani driftwood and it's sold for aquarium use so hopefully it is safe. I ordered it from drsfostersmithaquatics.com. I've been filling the tub up with the hottest water from the bath tub spout and it's instantly pulling the tannus out. The water is completely tea colored within a couple of hours....when i was soaking it in cold water outside it was taking 24 hours for the water to turn that color so it's speeding up the process. I actually read yesterday that you can soak the wood in salt water or use a 1:20 ratio of bleach and water to disenfect. I may try this after the tannus is out of course:)

  3. Hey everyone it's been a while! About three weeks ago I got a bunch of mopani driftwood for my tank...I have been letting it soak in a rubbermaid since the day i got it. Today makes three weeks exactly. I change the water every other day in the tub...it's still leaching tannus and (i know this sounds SO lame) but my mother won't let me boil the driftwood b/c she's afraid it will make her house stink....so i'm stuck soaking this stuff until it's tannus free. Anyway i've noticed that one of the pieces of driftwood has white slime on it...is this normal or something i need to worry about? I've also thought about boiling water in the house and taking it outside and putting the water in the rubbermaid but i'm afraid the plastic that the rubbermaid is made out of would melt with boiling water in it. I just took the tub and put it in my bathroom and ran the hottest water i could out of the tap into the tub. Hopefully it helps get the tannus out but i'm worried about any nasties that could have gotten onto the driftwood b/c its been sitting in the garage for three weeks now...can i sterilize the driftwood any other way than boiling it? I have PP but i'm afraid that the driftwood would just absorb the PP and leach it into my tank and kill my cycle...same with bleach. Any ideas about the white slime and how to sterilize before i put this stuff in my tank (when it's done soaking of course). Thanks!!!

  4. If you do not vaccum the gravel really well once a week gasses and bacteria will build up in there and it's not good for your fish at all. You also need to be changing 50 to 75% of your water every week in a cycled tank. Do you know if your tank is cycled? Do you have a test kit?

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