Driftwood, expectations vs reality
I picked up a nice piece of driftwood this week. Nice dark part and a "blonde" part... I thought that it would be a cool contrast within the same piece. pic 1
I plunked it in a pot to boil out some of the tannins and other crap. Pic 2
Then I dumped it, added fresh water and boiled it again. I am doing this at work as it would be hard to keep this a Christmas surprise... boiling wood, rinsing sand. They think I am nuts... nothing new. pic 3
Crap, I hope that stuff comes off of my wife's pot... more surprises fro Christmas than we bargained for perhaps.
Anyway, this is what the water looks like and I am on my fourth boiling session... no change in the water. pic 4
The wood is now a more uniform reddish colour. I wonder if that will settle down once I stop boiling the darn thing. I think I dyed the blonde part dark and lost the effect of the two colours.... I have some ideas to fix that though. pic 5
I'm going to add some more holes but drill from the back and bottom so they don't look like drilled holes... probably need to boil it once more after that to colour the little bit of freshly exposed wood the same as the rest .
One of these days you will see an actual picture that includes things like water (clear water), sand under the water and this hunk of wood looking like it is at the bottom of a riverbed... liberal application of imagination needed of course.
Is that Mopani wood????
That and the Malaysian was a funny colour, not that the colour matters dry apparently, and not very visually appealing. Sharp broken off, looked too "fresh".
I see some wood pieces on stands that, I guess, are to set right into the aquarium. I think that would be restricting the "look" to whatever it was setup as by whoever mounted it. I know that the fish don't care what it looks l Ike, as long as it does something for them, but I do.
Well, that is an interesting looking piece. Can't believe all the stuff still coming out of it. While I can understand the attraction to the natural wood and the willingness to go through the preparation process, let me say this. All of my wood features are fake and, to varying degrees, they looked fake when I got them. After a very short time in the tank, they take on a patina that makes them look very natural. They have no effect on water parameters and the fish seem to take to them well. I'm just throwing this out there as an option.
I'm one of those types that, if there is a natural option, I would always choose it first if prudent and not too much of a PITA.
I was so wanting natural driftwood for my tank until I saw those pictures. For one that pot would be history and probably that wood too, that is beyond gross to this newbie.
I just soak my wood for 24 hours, I have never boiled it. Never had any problems with tannins.
Cool wood though! Looks like a big chunk.
I think I am done with the boiling though. Nuff's enuff.
Oh, I don't think the pot will be toast... I'll find out tomorrow.
I have Mopani wood now (though its not whats in my current tank). It use to be all I could get locally. I too boiled it on several occasions. I never once saw tannins as bad as what yours made. Malaysian wood is much much better wood. It doesn't produce tannins at all or if it does its so little you can't tell. The one thing you really have to worry about with Mopani wood is fungus. No matter how much you boil it it can still have it and show up later on down the road. I had some that showed up weeks later after being in the tank.
Edit: This fungus may or may not be toxic to fish also. It just depends on the piece of wood and kind of fungus it is carrying.
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