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post #1 of 12 Old 03-09-2014, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Driftwood Dilemma

We had to have our home tented for termites. We set up a tank outside and moved the fish. The other 2 tanks were emptied -- We left a piece of driftwood in an empty tank. My question: is it safe to use this driftwood, or should we replace it.TIA
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We had to have our home tented for termites. We set up a tank outside and moved the fish. The other 2 tanks were emptied -- We left a piece of driftwood in an empty tank. My question: is it safe to use this driftwood, or should we replace it.TIA
I would replace it for extra safety because bad chemicals could get in, but if you don't want to replace it then I would clean it really really good.
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post #3 of 12 Old 03-09-2014, 07:52 PM
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I'd boil it well and throw it in a tank with some feeders just to make sure.
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post #4 of 12 Old 03-10-2014, 07:30 AM
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Welcome to the forum, JM!
Yikes, good question!
If it were it me, I'd just get rid of it. Those chemicals are strong, and wood is porous. . . I wouldn't want to risk any little lives on a maybe!

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post #5 of 12 Old 03-10-2014, 11:25 AM
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Just for the piece of mind I'd get rid of it
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post #6 of 12 Old 03-10-2014, 12:18 PM
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+1.i would not take the chance.
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post #7 of 12 Old 03-11-2014, 12:02 PM
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i'm just thinking here….dangerous i know
what would happen if you left it out side to the elements of nature ?
has anyone looked up the contents of the chemicals to see how
damaging they are ?

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post #8 of 12 Old 03-11-2014, 10:47 PM
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We had to have our home tented for termites. We set up a tank outside and moved the fish. The other 2 tanks were emptied -- We left a piece of driftwood in an empty tank. My question: is it safe to use this driftwood, or should we replace it.TIA
One way of looking at this question is from an economic POV. Would reusing the driftwood save you enough money to pay for the fish that may die? If that is positive then your answer is simple.

I'm not advocating any way to go just asking a question from another POV.

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post #9 of 12 Old 03-14-2014, 06:05 AM
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was this other tank covered to protect it at all? if so, it adds to the better chance of cleaning it.
i would lean toward replacing it, but it is also a judgement call on where the tank was, if it was covered, and the impact of chemicals in that spot.
but, as i said. i think its safer to replace that.
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post #10 of 12 Old 03-14-2014, 01:24 PM
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i'd be a bit cheesed off if it were a very large piece,
is it rude to ask how much the wood cost you ?
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