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Aquarius Keeper 10-05-2008 09:28 AM

found driftwood & getting it to sink
I've just started cycling my 15g, which will be a brackish tank, and I thought it might be nice to use driftwood, primarily.

There's actually an entire box of really beautiful pieces of found driftwood accumulated over a couple decades, gathering dust in my parent's garage - all found on various beaches along the pacific.

So my first question - any problem with using found driftwood in a brackish tank?

Second - how does one get dry driftwood to sink?

Tyyrlym 10-05-2008 09:59 AM

First off I'd give the wood a good boil or two to make sure everything on it is killed off.

To make it sink tie it to something heavy and leave it under water for a few weeks. Either put it in a bucket and weigh it down or just add it to your aquarium. Eventually it will water log and sink.

Aquarius Keeper 10-05-2008 10:54 PM

Thanks - here's a follow up question ...

What would be the consequences of adding some of the same seashore-found wood to my fresh water 30g? Boiling, of course ... I understand wood can affect PH - does it bring it up or down?

iamntbatman 10-06-2008 12:45 AM

It lowers pH by leeching tannins into the water. These tannins can also turn your water a golden, tea-like color over time. It doesn't harm the fish but some people don't like the way it looks. Personally, I think it makes the water look more "natural."

However, found pieces of driftwood like that might have been in the water for a long time, so they might not have much in the way of tannins left to leech into the water.

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