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post #1 of 23 Old 02-16-2011, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Driftwood at my LFS is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo expensive!!!!!!! why cant i use wood from this horrible tree in my yard? i know this is a simple question i should know but perhaps maybei can do something with it to make it aquarium safe?

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post #2 of 23 Old 02-16-2011, 08:53 PM
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Depends what tree you have. Dead wood is much better to use than live ones. Fruit trees in general are very poor choices however as they quickly rot.

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i dont know anything about tress except you cant eat them and get horrible bag worms in them during the summer and they make a huge mess in my yard during the fall....

i reckon dead wood is wood from a dead tree? .....

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Driftwood can be expensive due to its popularity not to mention the many things it goes through before ending up in your tank.
Your best bet is to visit your local creek/river and see what you can find on the banks.
But be warned, the cleaning part can feel like a full time job !
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post #5 of 23 Old 02-16-2011, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Driftwood can be expensive due to its popularity not to mention the many things it goes through before ending up in your tank.
Your best bet is to visit your local creek/river and see what you can find on the banks.
But be warned, the cleaning part can feel like a full time job !
elaborate on the cleaning please ^^

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i reckon dead wood is wood from a dead tree? .....
Yes, you reckoned right.

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Yes, you reckoned right.
I reckon you were right in reckoning he reckoned right.

Heh. My auntie got me a large driftwood 2-3 feet in length and I just poured boiling water with salt on it. Tada! My cichlids appreciated plenty of hideouts. Same was done with a 3ft mopani wood.

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I reckon you were right in reckoning he reckoned right.

Heh. My auntie got me a large driftwood 2-3 feet in length and I just poured boiling water with salt on it. Tada! My cichlids appreciated plenty of hideouts. Same was done with a 3ft mopani wood.
so i dont have to spray in fancy stuff on the wood or anything?

and it will still leech in my tank?

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post #9 of 23 Old 02-16-2011, 09:24 PM
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It's up to you. I just use boiling water and salt with no issues. And I have driftwoods that still leach tannins after almost 8-9 years.

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Another thing you might try is checking craigslist. I got seven HUGE chunks of Malaysian driftwood for $60, (or six huge chunks for $70..so long ago I don't recall) and they leeched tannins for all of three weeks. I'm always seeing ads on craigslist for driftwood, for cheap. Maybe look into that??

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