03-13-2014, 11:40 PM
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You need to find hard woods like Oak. If you have a local stream or river that floods annually, there will be some nice drift wood on the banks just waiting for you to pick it up. It is easy to cure and costs nothing but your time.
Before you ask, weight and submerge the drift wood in a shop sink or some sort of container. Run scalding hot water to fill. In 25 hours drain, spray wood off with hose and repeat process, only this time add about 4 cups of salt with the hot water. Repeat the next day with water olny and continue until it takes 3-4 days to notice any tannis stain in the water. The wood should be waterlogged and will not longer float. It is then ready for the tank. If you're worried about tannis coloring the water, if there is any left, just run some carbon.