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Driftwood I found: should I use it?

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Driftwood I found: should I use it?
Old 12-30-2009, 11:24 PM   #1
 
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Driftwood I found: should I use it?

Hey, I found some driftwood in a bog behind my grandparents' house, and it looks good to use in an aquarium. I'll post pictures later. I have 3 pieces, and I scrubbed one down really well today. It just has a little grit left and I think a pressure washer or the equivalent should get that off. I know all about boiling it (or pouring boiling water on it) to kill germs and soaking it to remove tannins, so should I use it? One piece might be too big for my new 29 gallon, but the other two will definitely fit. Should I do anything special with them? I won't use bleach. Chemicals and fish don't mix (water conditioner excluded) .
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:55 PM   #2
 
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Dose it float or sink? and i would be cautious some woods will leach sap into the tank which could be deadly to your fish. Im not sure what kinds they are but. Some one else will chim in an tell you what they are..... Do you know what kind of tree its from?
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Old 12-31-2009, 08:39 AM   #3
 
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I'd strongly consider the area you got it from: Is it all country with no nothing around for many miles - Or any industry close by? Or farm's with pesticides for that matter?
If no and if the wood sinks and if the wood does not give of sap and if you have boiled it over hours several times with fresh water - Then you can add it
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Old 12-31-2009, 10:28 AM   #4
 
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I've used wood in my tanks from lakes in Wisconsin. I just baked the wood at a low temp and rinsed it off with hot water. But it's not called driftwood for nothing. The problem I've had is the wood wants to float. I had one peice in the tank for years and it never did sink. I just use wood from PETCO now.
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Old 12-31-2009, 11:09 AM   #5
 
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It smells like pine, and it came from the country, in the middle of nowhere. Since it smells like pine and has a little rotten spot that I think goes all the way through in the center of the wood, I don't think I'll risk it.
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Old 12-31-2009, 11:15 AM   #6
 
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Neither would I in this case...can cause you all kinds headaches, not worth it
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Old 01-03-2010, 12:04 AM   #7
 
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If you can smell pine, chances are there's some sort of oils in it that you don't want to contaminate your tank with. Maybe it can be a nice decoration on a shelf or something : )
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