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nawilson89 09-24-2012 11:18 PM

Driftwood weird to the touch.
I had seen this thread before but alas i could not find it. I have a piece of driftwood that I have had for months. Just the other day I picked it up to move it to another tank. It was incredibly soft to the touch and i could literally scrap off wood with my fingernail with ease.

I purchased it from a LFS. A place that i have a good reputation with, its actually one of my favorite places to go. Is it alright for me to keep using it? Or should I get rid of this one.

Aqua Jon 09-25-2012 01:26 AM

I dunno sounds quite plainly like it's degrading, which would be normal in the wild. Watch your water parameters and see if it has much of an effect. You might expect a increase of phosphates and lower pH. But phosphates could be a pain cause that usually spells algae :\

The only other thing I could think of would be a layer of detritus or brown algae that is caked on there, but now dislodging to touch?

AbbeysDad 09-25-2012 09:54 AM

I don't currently have one, but I had a nice piece of driftwood back in the day that always had a bit of a spongy feel on the surface. It's wood that's waterlogged and subject to slow decay. I think the soft spongy feel is perfectly normal.

Byron 09-25-2012 12:56 PM

All wood will naturally decompose in water, some faster than other types. [This is why one has to be careful with the origin of wood, as the wood may leech toxins during this decomposing over many years.] The softwoods that decompose much faster are not good for aquaria, but the hardwoods usually do well. Obviously at warmer temperatures the decomposition is a bit faster than it wold be in a teemperate body of water.

As long as you have no fungus from the wood (white or gray fur/fuzz/slime), the wood smells like wet wood or a forest, and it is not disintegrating fast, you should be OK.


nawilson89 10-05-2012 04:18 PM

I got caught up in some stuff and haven't been on a in while! Thanks for the replies. Its been out of the tank for weeks now, going to bake it in the over for a few hours and then try it out again. Ty!

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