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saglines 02-05-2009 09:43 AM

Driftwood help
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Hello, I got a piece of driftwood from the LFS. It has some algae on one side. They could not give me any information about the wood other than it will sink which it does. I have boiled the piece three times so far, for long periods of time. 1st time @ 2 hours, second time @ 1 hour, third time @ 40 minutes. A lot of the tannins have been leeched but the bottom of the wood still has some green on it. Any suggestions.
Thank you in advance for your time.

1077 02-05-2009 10:06 AM

You have no doubt boiled anything that could be harmful from the wood.I'd just put the green side down on the substrate if it bugs you. Could be after it's been in the tank a while it'll dissapear.:-)

saglines 02-05-2009 10:21 AM

Thanks, it does not bother me, I'm actually going to attache Riccia to the driftwood and put the green side down anyway. I'm just worried it is algae and I'd be introducing algae to my tank?

WisFish 02-05-2009 10:26 AM

If you boiled it I think the algae is dead.

aunt kymmie 02-05-2009 04:16 PM

I had the same problem with some of my driftwood. It went into my tank "clean" and I was the one who ended up growing the algae on it. I decided it bugged me, pulled it out of the tank and boiled the heck out of it. I could not boil off the green no matter how long I boiled it. So, I just put it back in the tank and called it good.

tophat665 02-05-2009 06:02 PM

If it bugs you that much, get a clown pleco. They love to rasp away at driftwood, and they'll go to work on the green spots with a will; the algae is like salad dressing to them.

aunt kymmie 02-05-2009 06:05 PM

I've already got an ABN in there now. I see him on the wood munching all the time. Does a clown do a better job at this than a bristle?

tophat665 02-06-2009 08:51 AM

No need to get a clown if you have a BN. The clowns are more wood intensive than the BNs, but the BN will do just fine. They have the dentition for wood scraping like the panaques, just not quite as efficient, which they make up for by being on the average a bit larger.

aspects 02-06-2009 09:09 AM

ive seen one of my common plecos clean all the algae off of a 24" x "18" piece of driftwood in about 2 hours.

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