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Old 02-16-2011, 11:22 PM   #11
 
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During last spring/summer i went out at what first started off finding my own unique pieces for my aquariums. After finding a huge tree root (size of half a car) i decided on the pieces i wanted and tried selling the rest on various sites, i was amazed how many people within a couple of hours had responded to my adverts. By the end of the day they were all sold, and i still had people asking if i had pieces left.

I decided to go out again and make some pocket money from it, i will be out again when the weather turns better no doubt !

The thing with cleaning it is that the more unique the piece is the more twists & turns it has making those hard to reach places almost impossible to clean properly. I have bought a huge metal trash can that i place on top of a burner to boil the wood for an hour with salt. I then power wash the piece, then place it in a rubbermaid tub and scrub it with a hard scrubbing brush, then it goes back in to boil for 15 mins.
Maybe the above is a little extreme but with me selling the pieces i have to make sure there is nothing on the wood that can cause harm to their fish. . . . otherwise i would have a lot of people at my door wanting to hit me with the wood !!!! ha ha
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:45 PM   #12
 
I've done the same thing. A dead cottonwood cracked in half in the backyard so I cut off a limb or two for my twenty gallon and poured boiling water over it in a tub and put some rocks on top of it to soak up some water. Then widled the bark and surface of the wood. Then scraped it down with some sandpaper and it was ready to go. I plan on making a little profit off the rest of the tree as soon as the tub unfreezes in the shop. =P. I did notice some algae sort stuff growing but my shrimp and snails have been munching on it. I love stuff like this
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:58 PM   #13
 
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[quote=Jwest;592666]I've done the same thing. A dead cottonwood cracked in half in the backyard so I cut off a limb or two for my twenty gallon and poured boiling water over it in a tub and put some rocks on top of it to soak up some water. Then widled the bark and surface of the wood. Then scraped it down with some sandpaper and it was ready to go. I plan on making a little profit off the rest of the tree as soon as the tub unfreezes in the shop. =P. I did notice some algae sort stuff growing but my shrimp and snails have been munching on it. I love stuff like this [/quote

I enjoy doing it, however i am forever switching pieces of wood around in my tanks ! My fish think they have a new home every 2 weeks or so
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:17 PM   #14
 
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whats ironwood?
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Old 02-17-2011, 05:11 PM   #15
 
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Ironwood - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 02-17-2011, 05:19 PM   #16
 
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For the record, if you're feeding panaque, fruit wood that decays is a good thing. Plecos tend to eat the softer parts first and since they eat more when it's soft, they grow faster on wood that decays vs. hardwoods that they can barely eat.
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:56 PM   #17
 
stevenjohn21 haha. I just found a huge cottonwood that blew over and I'm gonna take a chain saw to its roots soon
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:46 PM   #18
 
You could also try using the wood your lps sells for reptiles its way cheaper. Only thing is you will have to soak it for about a week or so, this will help slow down the leeching. FYI the reptile wood will float so make sure you have something to hold it down.
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:20 AM   #19
 
Dont forget to check ebay.com :)
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:29 AM   #20
 
Watch out for grapewood. It will rot and get a white fungus on it =P
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