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Mopani Wood: Bad or Good?

Posted By: Pino <espo@look.ca>
Date: Saturday, 29 June 2002, at 9:06 p.m.

Hi folks:

I just purchased a couple of pieces of Mopani wood from the pet store and put them in my 35 gallon aquarium, which contains 2 adult and 3 baby clown loaches, among other fish. I must say, this gnarled wood looks amazing. Very vibrant and rich, and the light and dark shades just catch and absorb the light beautifully. In fact, in conjunction with the 12 plastic corkscrew val plants that I lined up along the back, my tank has never looked better.

However, I have two questions. First, the leaching of tanins from this wood is quite incredible, even though I soaked the pieces in hot water for a while before placing them in the tank.When I woke up this morning, my tank water was a uniform orange colour. I don't mind a little tanin colouring. It makes the tank look more "tropical,: but this was