Driftwood Stories

Had a piece of driftwood for my freshwater tank for some time now. Prior to putting it in, I had already soaked it in water for 2 months, changing water weekly. Still the piece of wood would turn a 200L tank into a tea like colour after only one week. I put up with it for over 6 months, but I believe it was unhealthy for certain type of fish that didn’t like the tanin like acid in the water.

So today I decided to boil the driftwood. After 5 hours of boiling, and 3 water changes in the pot, it was still leaking a very dark tea colour. What a waste of time! Ended up binning the piece of wood, and I might have to find another. It looks like if 2 hours of boiling doesn’t get rid of the colour, then you’ll need over 10 hours worth. Too much effort for me over a piece of wood!

Australian Desert Goby

Was changing water in my tropical tank and thought I’d take picture of the goby I have in there. He is fun to play with and not scared of too much.

 He’s an Australian Desert Goby. Tough as nuts they say, because he lives in Lake Eyre which is meant to be a freshwater lake, but can get dry and conditions deteriorate to extreme salinity levels.

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Nitrate Testing

Been wondering how my tank was always 0ppm for Nitrate reading. Today I figured I wasn’t shaking the test tube enough. It actually makes heaps of difference shaking it for 1min instead of 5 sec. As you shake it, the colour actually changes on you (assuming there is a Nitrate reading)!

Just thought I’d mention that to anyone who was wondering why they have perfect Nitrate readings all the time. Try shaking the test tube more.

I’m using a Master Test kit from Aquarium Pharmaceuticals (API).

My Freshwater Tropical Tank

Thought I’d post pics of my tank whilst on the topic of fish!

200L tank (3ft), gravel substrate, temp 26C.

Large mixture of fish: danios, blue/black neon tetras, goldfish (my first fish ever), black moor (my first fish ever), blue rams, golden rams, ghost knife fish, guppies, congo tetra, clown loaches, albino corys, panda cory, keyhole cichlids, desert goby, siamese cats.

Plants: Green Rush, anubus, cant remember the type of fern I have, seaweed of some sort, pennywort, and moss.

Extras: Eheim external filter, DIY CO2 injection, airstone for overnight run.

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