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nikibff
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PostPosted: 2003.06.23(Mon)19:58    Post subject: Mopani Wood Reply with quote

Got wood? I do.

My African Mopani driftwood is the centerpeice of a sixty gallon aquarium. I bought it unsoaked and uncured. The person at the petstore said to soak it for a few days before adding it to the tank... so I soaked it for a full week. Now it is totally clouding up my water. I have had it in my tank for roughly three days. A slimy clear coating develops on the surface of the log and drifts away. The slime gets everywhere. It is on the substrate, the plants, and even in the water. It is disgusting!

Does anyone know about Mopani wood or what I should do? Does it need to be cured or varnished? I'm thinking about getting rock instead... but the idea of going on the hunt again for a centerpeice makes me shutter.

BTW I hope to turn this tank into a planted aquarium.
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PharCyde
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PostPosted: 2003.06.23(Mon)21:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the clouded water white, green or brownish?
White cloudy water is a bacterial bloom, green is probably a green-water algae outbreak and brownish means the wood is releasing tannins into the water.

One way to remove the tannins out of the wood is to boil it and soak it for a week like you did. Maybe it needs more soaking.

One way to clean off the exterior is with a un-used toothbrush (get a really cheap, crappy one) and in a bath or sink scrub the exterior of the wood and rinse.
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nikibff
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PostPosted: 2003.06.23(Mon)23:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi PharCyde-- thanks for your help. The slime that is coming off it is white in color. I think I will do as you said and scrub it off with a toothbrush. Maybe the driftwood wasn't ready to go in my tank yet.
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uLtRa
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PostPosted: 2003.06.24(Tue)3:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

nikibff, I have the same 'slime' problem as you except I'm waiting until someone tells us what it is before I put it in my tank!
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nikibff
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PostPosted: 2003.06.24(Tue)14:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

mopani wood -- odd stuff. The tannins are nice to have in a South American tank, but I could do without the slime. Does anybody know about how to get rid of the slime?
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uLtRa
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PostPosted: 2003.08.29(Fri)13:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just found out what this slime is:

http://www.skepticalaquarist.com/docs/aquascaping/wood.shtml
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Irons
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PostPosted: 2003.08.30(Sat)14:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's a GREAT article. I read through most of it. hmmm.. how would have thought.. dead leaves in the tank.
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Merlin-Nilrem
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PostPosted: 2003.09.02(Tue)9:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mopani is the only wood I can buy from any of my fish stores near me.
And there is one verry important fact you should know - It leaches, I soaked a peice for a month in a bucket and it was still leaching. The only thing to do is either buy a colour capture substance which stops wood from leaching. If you are lucky you can soak it until it leaches out less and then
sometimes you can have it leaching but only make it look as if you were using a peat filter. Another thing is to, while soaking it put in a Carbon pad to absorb some colour. - Hope this helps Smile
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