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post #1 of 5 Old 03-06-2013, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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is this driftwood??

did some searching today after work.. went to a creak in my neighborhood. found some nice pieces. they look like driftwood to me??

i know i will have to clean them, boil etc.

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post #2 of 5 Old 03-06-2013, 10:39 PM
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Driftwood is wood that has been washed onto a shore or beach of a sea, lake, or river by the action of winds, tides, waves, or man. It is a form of marine debris or tidewrack.

So... Yes.

I'd boil the crap out of it so you don't introduce any weird bacteria/algae to your tank. I currently have a few pieces of driftwood I scavenged from the local river in my tank.
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-06-2013, 10:44 PM
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I'd also recommend letting it completely dry out. Some wood will rot in your tank, so you'll have to check it every now and then.

Hopefully someone with more experience will chime in.
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-07-2013, 12:47 PM
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I have used "collected" wood, though it is always a risk. But there are a couple important points.

First, it must be completely dry, meaning that all sap has dried out; if you collect wood like branches out of water, this is easy to ascertain, un;like wood collected in water. Second, all bark must be removed; never put wood with any bark in the aquarium. Third, make sure it has no substances on it. Soak it in a pail of warm water or a tank without fish for several days to weeks; you want no fungus or any substance leeching out, or critters. Boiling might deal with the latter, depending upon the thickness.

Having said that, the only outdoors wood I have collected and used has been branches. I personally would not use large chunks, since it is impossible to know what may be inside that could take weeks and even months to leech out.


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post #5 of 5 Old 03-07-2013, 07:27 PM
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love the pieces in the first 2 pics, great find. p.s boil the $&%* out of them. i did the same with a scavenger hunt for rocks and wood. the wood i got ended up hosting some crazy fungus and nuked my tank. so be warned!!!
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