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post #131 of 150 Old 08-15-2012, 07:40 PM
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Thanks! The driftwood is actually stuff I found outside. I have a small bin's worth now and thought those two pieces would work. I think I ended up with more of a garden than a natural looking tank, but the fish seem to enjoy it.
I wanted to grab some hardwoods from outside. but i read alot of stuff Byron posted and was kinda scared to. There's a nature sanctuary nearby that has actual hardwood trees that have since dropped branches and stuff. I wanna grab some but again. Kinda half and half about it. I could probably ask their office or something about pesticides and such.
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post #132 of 150 Old 08-16-2012, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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At first I thought there'd be no way they'd spray pesticides in a nature sanctuary, but then I thought about Wet Nile virus and all at that so now I'm not so sure. Definitely couldn't hurt to ask them. I spent a ton of money on driftwood for my other tank and just didn't want to spend all that again, so I just went out in the woods. Those two pieces were cured and soaked for almost a year (I kind of forgot about them lol). Past couple of days I've been debating whether to leave them in or not. Don't really work as a centerpiece feature, although that's because I suck at aquascaping.
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post #133 of 150 Old 08-16-2012, 12:47 AM
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What steps did you take to "cure" the wood. I am tempted to try it out, i usually just take byron's advise and play it safe but i kinda want to try this.

I was thinking of soaking in for a weak in a diluted vinegar solution (but i dont know what affect the vinegar would have on the hard wood) and then rinsing, baking and soaking in water for another week.
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Now I'm going to have to search the forum, since I thought Byron used some himself?

I knew everything I had was pesticide free and none of it was green. I still let it sit in my backyard for a month just to be on the safe side. I would have done it a lot longer if it was green wood. Then I placed it all in a tupperware container and poured hot water on it every day for two weeks. Then I just weighted it down and that's when I forgot about it. It spent about nine months. I haven't had any fungus on any of that wood, unlike a certain piece of Malaysian in my other tank.

I'm not sure if I've heard of using vinegar or not (my brain doesn't seem to want to function properly right now lol). I have heard of using aquarium salt and many soaks after that to make sure it's all removed.
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post #135 of 150 Old 08-16-2012, 11:58 AM
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There is always a risk to using wood, any wood really. Yet my tanks are full of chunks of wood.

You want to be sure it is hardwood, that it is thoroughly dead and dry throughout (the larger the thickness the longer this takes). Then you want to do what you can to ensure it has never been exposed to toxins like oil, gas, pesticides, fertilizers, etc. Collecting from a watercourse adds possible issues with pathogens that might kill aquarium fish. Some of these things may be removed with extensive boiling, but some cannot.

Never put any wood you intend to use in a fish tank in contact with any liquid but water. Wood absorbs liquids, and they may leech out months later.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #136 of 150 Old 08-16-2012, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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My plants came today! So excited. Lots of them too. Not even sure what the one is Hygrophila 'tiger' maybe. I just have to wait for the lights to be turned on. It's like it being a kid at Christmas, opening the all toys, and not being able to play with them until later.
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post #137 of 150 Old 08-16-2012, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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The Rotala macranda was HUGE. I didn't trim it yet, but it needs it since some of the stems are along the surface. Anyway on to a pic...be as brutal as you feel.

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post #138 of 150 Old 08-17-2012, 01:46 AM
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The Rotala macranda was HUGE. I didn't trim it yet, but it needs it since some of the stems are along the surface. Anyway on to a pic...be as brutal as you feel.

Brutal? That looks amazing!
I plan on stopping by that sanctuary tomorrow if I am not busy and talk to the office. Hopefully I can grab a bunch!
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post #139 of 150 Old 08-17-2012, 02:01 PM
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Hey you learned how to take tank photos properly. ;) Amazing jungle look, although I really think a bit of hardscape will give the tank some real dimension.
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post #140 of 150 Old 08-17-2012, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Brutal? That looks amazing!
I plan on stopping by that sanctuary tomorrow if I am not busy and talk to the office. Hopefully I can grab a bunch!
lol I meant the critiques could be brutal. I'm still trying to decide if I like the new look or not. I usually hate any changes i make for a few days and then it grows on me until I love it. I'm weird I guess.
Hopefully you can get some of that wood. I love everything about setting up a tank from researching all the plants and fish to even go to find the exact driftwood I want. To me that's a huge and fun part of having an aquarium.
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