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AWSskater 01-26-2008 12:04 PM

I have a bunch of pieces of driftwood that I collected myself from a creek I used to live near, and I want to put a few pieces of them in my 29 gallon planted tank. The tank has been set up for around 4 days and has 2-2.5 inches of Eco-Complete Planted Terrarium substrate, plus a few lily bulbs from Wal-Mart. Is there anything I should do to the driftwood before I put it in the tank?

herefishy 01-26-2008 12:08 PM

Clean it, boil it, and soak it. I use a pressure washer to remove any forms of goop left from the water I retrieved the piece from. You will then boil the piece to kill any nasty bacteria or bugs. Then soak it to make it sinks and stays sunk in your tank.

AWSskater 01-26-2008 12:27 PM

It's a pretty big piece, and I don't have anything that I can boil or soak it in. What should I do?

JouteiMike 01-26-2008 12:48 PM

Maybe try breaking or cutting it into smaller pieces?

AWSskater 01-26-2008 01:40 PM

lol, right after I posted that, I thought "...bathtub!" so they're soaking now, problem fixed. Thanks.

AWSskater 01-26-2008 06:41 PM

I put the pieces in the tank after 45 minutes of soaking, should I have waited longer?

MKSII 01-27-2008 05:40 AM

I let all of mine soak at least a week, and did several water changes to see if they were still leaking tannins (making the water brown tinted). Most of my pieces were too large to boil too, so I ended up soaking them in empty storage totes in the garage.

AWSskater 01-27-2008 09:20 PM

Crap, will the tannins hurt anything?

Lupin 01-27-2008 09:25 PM


Originally Posted by AWSskater
Crap, will the tannins hurt anything?


AWSskater 01-28-2008 06:16 PM

Ok, I took the piece out and I'm soaking it in an empty garbage can that we weren't using. The water has the brown tint to it, and I want to know, will the filter get the color out if I keep the wood out until it is clean?

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