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Fran, you ask the most esoteric questions!
Posted By: Dr. Momfish <email@example.com> In Response To: Re: It seemed a little far-fetched to me too...Thanks. :-) (Fran)
Date: Monday, 17 January 2000, at 10:31 a.m.
In Response To: Re: It seemed a little far-fetched to me too...Thanks. :-) (Fran)
But yes, plecos need wood. If you plan to use Mopani wood, it will stain the water. It is better than regular driftwood because it doesn't rot away. However, if you buy a piece, put it into a big enough tub, garbage pail or bucket and soak it in hot water. Change the water daily until you see that it's not bleeding brown colour as much. Then change the water every other day and so forth. It takes about 3 weeks of this treatment before you can put it in the tank and it won't make your water go brown.
Now there are people who like their water amber coloured. In some ways it's more natural because of the humic acids etc. To each their own.
When I put several chunks of this stuff in one of my big tanks, I thought it would take forever for the water to stop being brown. Took months. So new pieces get the aforementioned treatment and the aggravation factor goes down several notches.
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