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post #11 of 15 Old 03-07-2010, 10:24 PM
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Make a sudsy poisonous mess. Phosphates, dyes, perfumes galore. To name a few things.

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post #12 of 15 Old 03-07-2010, 11:10 PM
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I felt so dumb for leaving it in the shower, believe me.
Yeah, I figured out 15 minutes after she got out of the shower. And I mean, the soap would have really been diluted. I intend to soak it for a few more days anyway.
The bummer is it's a really nice piece.
It's a tricky dilemma, that's why I asked.
Btw, thanks for the quick reply guys :)
Anyone else have an opinion? I've got Yes: 1 No: 1
I guess if it's a tie I'd have to err on the side of caution?
I believe nothing at all will happen as I can recall I washed down driftwood one time with dish washing detergeant and put back into tank just make sure you don't leave any suds in it. We all wash our Hands and Hair and sometimes we have to go into our pets tanks with our hands that have been washed and as you can see your fish still survive so just as long as you rinse well let dry and just put this wood in. Oh and if your wondering why I washed my DW it was to remove some algae off which you can also do with vinegur dah. Didn't think of it at the time though.
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post #13 of 15 Old 03-08-2010, 02:44 AM
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It might not have killed your fish but soap is known to be toxic to fish. Better safe than sorry, right?

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post #14 of 15 Old 03-08-2010, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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I believe nothing at all will happen as I can recall I washed down driftwood one time with dish washing detergeant and put back into tank just make sure you don't leave any suds in it. We all wash our Hands and Hair and sometimes we have to go into our pets tanks with our hands that have been washed and as you can see your fish still survive
That's kinda what I was thinking about my hands.
Well the driftwood is still soaking and turning its water yellow-orange, so I think after a few more days of soaking I'll put it in. I don't know if it'll fit in my pasta pot, if it does I'll boil it, but like I said, I wash the pot with soap, so I don't know...

Thank you so much for the help everyone! I'm glad I joined this forum, because I was getting really sick of asking for fish advice on yahoo answers.
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post #15 of 15 Old 03-10-2010, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Well, for an update, it didn't fit in my pasta pot, so I put it in a plastic tub and poured a few pots of boiling water onto it and let it sit for a few hours. It leeched a lot of the yellowness out, and I put it in my tank because I do want some pH decrease (my tap water is really hard). It seems to be just fine.
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