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MonsiuerPercy1 07-05-2009 04:32 PM

Can I collect my own Driftwood
Hello I live on Lake Erie and was just wondering if I can collect my own driftwood on the beach and use it in a tank. They are already waterlogged but I was wondering if it is viable to use.

fishkid 07-06-2009 11:09 AM

It depends on the tree it came from.

buzz4520 07-07-2009 02:06 PM

like fishikd said. you don't want to use pine,evergreen,ceder.

petabread 07-07-2009 10:32 PM

I've done it.. and it worked for me! but yeah make sure its not like from a cedar or pine tree... if the edges are smooth and looks like its been through some wear and tear ... try it!

MonsiuerPercy1 07-08-2009 08:27 AM

I'm gunna try it out. So thanks everyone.

aunt kymmie 07-08-2009 11:19 AM

I'd make sure you boil it before putting it into your tank, in order to kill any "nasties" that may be living on it or inside of it.

MonsiuerPercy1 07-12-2009 05:24 PM

okay i will make sure to boil it.

MXS 07-13-2009 02:06 PM

I just boiled my driftwood that I found. I'm putting it in pretty shortly

zachhay11 07-30-2009 05:33 PM

why can't it be from certian tree's?

Fishin Pole 07-31-2009 08:26 AM

certain wood can and will leech resins and or sap into your water.................Depending on the wood and what it leeches into the water, it can kill your fish.........Also, some wood will rot at different rates..........

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