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post #1 of 4 Old 08-08-2010, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Bugs in driftwood!

I just finished filling my 90 gallon tank, and now I'm through eating dinner. In the middle of dinner, my mom called my attention to some little caterpillar-like bugs that were coming out of the driftwood! I should have known there would be a lot of impurities, since the wood had been in a terrarium, but I didn't think there would be bugs. I've heard that cooking the wood in the oven on 300-350 for a few minutes will kill the bugs. What should I do?

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why did you think it was a good idea to keep going over the top of the tank
when you realized you couldn't breathe outside water?
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-09-2010, 02:33 AM
i don't know other ways except if you wanted to get rid of them you need to use parasite away but i'm not sure the invertebrates or plants will be un-affected by the chemicals in it.i have them in my 104 gallon that's in my aquarium log and if you care to take a look at the pics i don't think there's a need to get rid of them as they haven't even done any damage to my plants and i have a whole lot of variety in there for them to choose to eat but so far nothing.

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post #3 of 4 Old 08-09-2010, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I baked the driftwood. It probably dried out a lot, and it will take a while to get waterlogged again. But the bugs are gone. I changed about half of the water today, and the tank is a lot cleaner. I can now see to the back of the aquarium, and most of the aquarium floor. Not clearly, but I think that for 90 gallons, it's gotten pretty clear for 24 hours. Maybe I should have rinsed the sand better, but I washed it until I could pressure spray the sand and the bottom of the wheelbarrow I was mixing it in, and the bottom would be clear in 3 seconds. I thought that was clean enough.

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post #4 of 4 Old 08-10-2010, 01:08 PM
if you test the water you'll see a high ammonia reading hehehe

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4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
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