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post #1 of 13 Old 10-23-2006, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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K's A ? About Collecting Driftwood.

K's i live bya boat dock that gets ALL kinds of driftwood from the ohio. so i woanted to know if i cojuld somehow add that to my tank and it would be safe for my fish? Could I or not?
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post #2 of 13 Old 10-23-2006, 05:09 PM
Hi Taylor,
I would be very careful if it's a boat dock. The oil from boats could get into the wood and harm your fish. If you decide to use it, make sure to bleach the wood, then boil it. :)
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post #3 of 13 Old 10-23-2006, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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its like a speed boat dock would that still pose a risk? and i always do that with anything i put in the tankxD thanks for the advice :)
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post #4 of 13 Old 10-23-2006, 07:01 PM
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Is it just wood that has drifted up to the dock? Or is it the ACTUAL dock wood...If it is just the drift would I would scrub it with a wire brush ( this is what i did ) to get all the yucky's off then bleach it ( if you want to, i didnt thouhg ) then boil it to really get everything killed in there...

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post #5 of 13 Old 10-23-2006, 09:55 PM
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along with what nick said if you don't get everything out of it and there are still organics in it you can get a nasty ammonia spike in your tank which is never much fun for anyone. definately take the precautions on that one. i think boiling it will also help make it sink if it floats but i'm not 100% on that one.
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post #6 of 13 Old 10-23-2006, 10:11 PM
hmm. i had this pice of wood foor a year in my house two days ago i whased it off with hot water soaked it for a day and put in my tank . nothing wrong yet but in you case i wouldnt realy use it if its near oil
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post #7 of 13 Old 10-23-2006, 11:45 PM
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What body of water?

Rivers, creeks, beachs, ok. Lakes not so good.

I boil all mine first, if you can not do that, bake it in the oven for a few hours (this is what commercial driftwood places do, except they do it in a kiln and for over 12 hours), then let it soak awhile, to get all the nasty's out.
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post #8 of 13 Old 10-24-2006, 03:32 AM
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Something to remember about the wood coming from natural waterways: You not only have pollution to worry about, but other "animals" in the natural world that live inside of those pieces of wood. I mainly speak of insects who lay eggs in the wood, and because of it's density, bleaching and boiling don't effect the eggs... suddenly one day, a month, 6 months.. later, they hatch... and infest the tank.
I have witnessed this in a number of people's tanks, and in several cases it was not only a problem with bugs, but killed some of the fish before it was resolved.
It's safer to use bought wood that has been specially treated to prevent this.
Another problem with using bleach, it can make the wood soft and mushy, and it makes a mess in the tank.

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post #9 of 13 Old 10-24-2006, 09:02 PM
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Really? I haven't bleached the wood I got at a fish store, but have been boiling the crap out of it so I don't get tea-coloured water from the tannin. It is taking forever! I've had a huge piece of store bought driftwood since the beginning of August and it's still letting off tannin (it's too big to boil). I am currently boiling the smaller piece and it's still letting off colour.

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post #10 of 13 Old 10-24-2006, 09:03 PM
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Unfortunately, it will take years before the wood finally drains out all its tannins.

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