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Hi all,
I am wondering if i can place mopani roots in a tank with mbuna. Labidochromis and maingano.
My tap water has 7.6ph 20kh 23gh and in the tank the ph is 8.2. kh and gh are over 25. I have placed sand and stones from a beach.
Can i place mopani (i really like the look of it) or is it bad for the fish?
 

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It might soften the water-- but I have it and other wood in my tank and the hardness is around 14. sounds like yours is also going to be pretty high (I have plenty of crushed coral etc.)

note that it will probably stain the water to tea colored and give off tannic acids-- so watch the pH also. that's effect and cause there, reversed :)

i just change the water when the color bothers me. fish don't seem to care much. in theory carbon may clear it up, but you'd need an awful lot of it. changing the water is easier.
 

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I have used mopani wood before. I boiled it many cycles before the water was clear enough.

I found a large enough pot for it to fit in and filled it with water. I would bring water to a boil for a short while, let it settle for awhile longer and dump the water. Rinse and Repeat many times until the water was almost clear.

Whatever tannis was left, was absorbed into my carbon filter.

Hope that helps.
 
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