Adding Tropical Decor Wood to Aquarium

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Hi I bought a piece of decor wood and it says it releases natural Tannins in the water which lowers pH and colours the water a tea orange color.

I did soak it overnight for 24 hours in hot water and the water went dark orange. If I put the wood straight into the aquarium which measures at 7.8 pH will it pH shock the Oscar as it releases tannins in the water?

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www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pets/mopani-root-decor-wood

Need urgent advice so I won't kill my oscar by accident.
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jmunroe replied the topic: Re:Adding Tropical Decor Wood to Aquarium

No it won't shock them. It will lower the ph, and release tannin for quite awhile. I like the look of tannin coloured water sometimes. In the fall I pick up dried leaves and put them in my tank to get the same effect. I usually do it for a few weeks just to change it up a bit.

Go do a water change - the solution to pollution is dilution.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Adding Tropical Decor Wood to Aquarium

PH shock does not exist.
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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Adding Tropical Decor Wood to Aquarium

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THOSE WHO REFUSE KNOWLEDGE ARE DOOMED TO FAIL.

WATER CHANGES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THIS HOBBY. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE SO OR SIMPLY DON'T FEEL LIKE DOING THEM, RE-HOME YOUR FISH, SELL YOUR AQUARIUM & FIND ANOTHER HOBBY, AS YOU WILL FAIL UTTERLY, COMPLETELY, & MISERABLY.
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benmcfadden replied the topic: Re:Adding Tropical Decor Wood to Aquarium

Some wood will release this colour for years. I had some six years that still did it slightly.


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cristo8 replied the topic: Adding Tropical Decor Wood to Aquarium

pH shock does not exist??

are you saying this only for oscars or fish in general? pH shock definitely exists for fish. Fish show symptoms like thrashing, darting, gasping, swimming near the water's surface and trying to jump out of the tank. Fish who are experiencing a gradual decline due to poor pH suitability may demonstrate lateral line erosion, poor color and stunted growth.

If you are saying it does not exist for fish in general then I am shocked and will be seeking advice from another forum immediately. If for oscars only then i am not sure in that case, but I am sure they may show some symptoms of rapid ph changes.
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cristo8 wrote: pH shock does not exist??

are you saying this only for oscars or fish in general? pH shock definitely exists for fish. Fish show symptoms like thrashing, darting, gasping, swimming near the water's surface and trying to jump out of the tank. Fish who are experiencing a gradual decline due to poor pH suitability may demonstrate lateral line erosion, poor color and stunted growth.

If you are saying it does not exist for fish in general then I am shocked and will be seeking advice from another forum immediately. If for oscars only then i am not sure in that case, but I am sure they may show some symptoms of rapid ph changes.


While you are certainly entitled to "jump ship", I would advocate you do some research before implying that Rocksor or anyone else on this forum does not know what they are stating. Most of us here have DECADES of experience....if you wish to learn, fine. If not, I wish you well in your future endeavors.

PH shock is a myth. It is osmotic shock that causes all the symptoms you describe. PH shock is a term from the beginning days of this hobby. Again, Google "PH shock does not exist" & see what you get. There have been papers written on it.

Rock knows more than I do on the chemical end of this hobby, & that's saying something.

I pulled this from another website. Very well written & easily understood. (I can pull a few PDF's from some universities if you like.) All credit given to it's author.

www.oscarfish.com/water/74-realities-of-ph-shock.html

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cristo8 replied the topic: Adding Tropical Decor Wood to Aquarium

Well I get the feeling that I am not getting a individual response to my particular topics that I posted on this forum. What I am getting is a general overall response and a take it or leave it kind of reply.

For example the pH shock referred to in this case is the piece of driftwood slowly releasing tannins over a period of time. The pH shock in your reply is the referring to a partial water change. This is 2 very different cases. Also my post about oscar 'colours are darkening' only recevied responses about tank size and didn't refer to other issues like water quality or tank mates. I think replies should be more specific to the situation.
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benmcfadden replied the topic: Adding Tropical Decor Wood to Aquarium

People who reply to these topics have been keeping Oscars and fish in general for 10 / 20 / 30 years and over time see the same questions popping up. Thats why people tend to answer your question that way. They want to understand the size of your aquarium so they can rule it out before looking at other things

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