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    Tree branch in cichlid tank?

    Discussion in 'African Rift Lake Cichlids' started by LilBabyEmma, Mar 25, 2012.

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      I found a sycamore tree branch and i was wondering if it would harm my fish if not what should i do to it before putting it in
       
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      Is it completely dried? I don't really know how well sap mixed with fish will go. I would suggest going to a creek and looking for trees in the water. You could use that as drift wood.
       
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      Sycamore is not listed in the Wood database as one of the species with toxic components to humans or animals. Still, the wood should be fully seasoned before placing it in the tank to prevent plant sugars from causing algae and bacterial blooms in your tank.
       
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      Why?
       
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      woods will release tannic acid and lower the pH. Africans like a higher pH and are usually sensitive to fluctuations

      edit: makes it very hard to control the pH too, its not usually just a constant release of tannin.
       

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