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post #1 of 6 Old 02-05-2015, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
Drift wood?

I read that the "common pleco" like to have drift wood .... I'm sure someone asked them... Kidding...
Anyway... Where is is recommended that I get some driftwood for mine? Like the best possible item free from "crap"... I don't want to introduce "crap" into my tank... Well, I know we run the risk with anythjng we stick in the tank... But where will be my best bet??
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-06-2015, 06:36 AM
My girl friend will only let me get driftwood from the pet shop. What she doesn't know is boiling should kill all the bad pathogens, just make sure to boild each side for 2 hours or more. Just make sure to get some really dence stuff or it will rot out in no time, no bark or anything that would rot fast.
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post #3 of 6 Old 02-06-2015, 09:50 AM
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Yes go with Malaysian driftwood from a LFS or you might find some good deals on ebay. I boiled mine for a few hours as well and then let it soak in cool water for about half a day before putting it in the tank.

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post #4 of 6 Old 03-03-2015, 02:42 PM
Cleaning driftwood

I get all my driftwood from the salt marshes on an island near me or the swamps. Rather than boil the wood, if the pieces are small enough, your best bet is nuking the pieces with a microwave. However I would by a crap microwave from goodwill or somewhere for this. It puts off an awful smell. Definitely don't do it inside. You'll still have to soak the wood, but you can be assured nothing is living in it. Not even a cockroach! (They aren't a hundred percent nuke proof)
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post #5 of 6 Old 03-03-2015, 10:36 PM
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I got mine at petco of all places. Boiled it for two hours and rinsed in cold water a couple of times. Two years later and still looking great. I used Mopani. Heavy hard wood and sinks right away.

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post #6 of 6 Old 03-03-2015, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
That's exactly what I ended up doing mikey��
Love it and my pleco loves it!

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