02-19-2012, 08:37 PM
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DIY Driftwood Question
Dear Tropical Fish Keeping,
I am trying to get more, natural looking, decor for my aquarium. Plants and driftwood come to mind. However, the closest fish store's driftwood seems to be ungodly expensive; fifteen dollars for less than a pound. I happen to live surrounded by woods and a small stream.
My question is this; how do I prepare the driftwood for my aquarium. I've looked into the process some, and this is what I've seen.
I know that I should choose a hardwood (I.E. oak), and that I should remove any bark. I also know that I need to either bake or boil the wood, for two to four hours. Some guides recommend that you even bleach the wood, but I think this may be dangerous and un-needed.
Any advice and/or thoughts are greatly appreciated.
Sincerely, Oyster Man