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post #1 of 20 Old 01-26-2008, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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I have a bunch of pieces of driftwood that I collected myself from a creek I used to live near, and I want to put a few pieces of them in my 29 gallon planted tank. The tank has been set up for around 4 days and has 2-2.5 inches of Eco-Complete Planted Terrarium substrate, plus a few lily bulbs from Wal-Mart. Is there anything I should do to the driftwood before I put it in the tank?
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post #2 of 20 Old 01-26-2008, 11:08 AM
Clean it, boil it, and soak it. I use a pressure washer to remove any forms of goop left from the water I retrieved the piece from. You will then boil the piece to kill any nasty bacteria or bugs. Then soak it to make it sinks and stays sunk in your tank.
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post #3 of 20 Old 01-26-2008, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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It's a pretty big piece, and I don't have anything that I can boil or soak it in. What should I do?
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post #4 of 20 Old 01-26-2008, 11:48 AM
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Maybe try breaking or cutting it into smaller pieces?
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post #5 of 20 Old 01-26-2008, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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lol, right after I posted that, I thought "...bathtub!" so they're soaking now, problem fixed. Thanks.
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post #6 of 20 Old 01-26-2008, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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I put the pieces in the tank after 45 minutes of soaking, should I have waited longer?
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post #7 of 20 Old 01-27-2008, 04:40 AM
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I let all of mine soak at least a week, and did several water changes to see if they were still leaking tannins (making the water brown tinted). Most of my pieces were too large to boil too, so I ended up soaking them in empty storage totes in the garage.
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post #8 of 20 Old 01-27-2008, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Crap, will the tannins hurt anything?
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Crap, will the tannins hurt anything?
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post #10 of 20 Old 01-28-2008, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, I took the piece out and I'm soaking it in an empty garbage can that we weren't using. The water has the brown tint to it, and I want to know, will the filter get the color out if I keep the wood out until it is clean?
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