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Old 01-18-2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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Driftwood safe?

I found a few very nice pieces of driftwood in my backyard that my mom kept from hikes. My question is, is it safe to put these in my soon to be planted tank? I plan on boiling them for as long as needed. Does anyone have experience doing this? I don't want to spend the ridiculous amount that my lfs charges for some wood I can find outside.

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Old 01-18-2013, 12:58 PM   #2
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Boil Boil Boil - what kind of wood ? Do u live by a river
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:00 PM   #3
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Boil Boil Boil - what kind of wood ? Do u live by a river
Tbh I'm not sure of the wood type and I do live by a river. I can post a photo?
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:04 PM   #4
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Yes pictures always help with everything
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:28 PM   #5
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Ok so I took three photos of each piece of wood. The first piece of wood is my favourite and the smallest. The biggest piece of wood is really nice but not sure how I would boil that or if it will fit yet.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:40 PM   #6
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Holy Cow I want those pieces. Yes those are fine. That's in your back yard ?!?! Wish I could get that
Just boil to get the bugs out- you'll be surprised what floats out !
I paid 100 bucks for similar wood
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Holy Cow I want those pieces. Yes those are fine. That's in your back yard ?!?! Wish I could get that
Just boil to get the bugs out- you'll be surprised what floats out !
I paid 100 bucks for similar wood
Ok Thanks for your help! It's from a family members back yard actually. I will boil and boil and boil lol. It will be well worth the wait and I know it's crazy how much it can cost!
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:36 PM   #8
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You could sell those pieces on ebay for some nice coin.
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If they don't fit in a pot to boil you can put them through the dishwasher a few times to kill any nasties. Make sure not to use soap or rinse aid.
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Thanks for all the help guys much appreciated looks like that big guys going in the dishwasher, only thing is I don't have one lol
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So I found another piece of drift wood that's really nice. Only thing is may be too nice lol. I'm not sure which one i want to use in my tank now. The original piece was 25" long and the new piece is 41" long. Ill attach some photos of my favourite small piece that I just tossed in my cycling 15g for now. Also attached will be a photo with the two large pieces in front of the tank. Tell me what you guys think and what you like better.

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You hit the dw jacpot....wow nice job collecting.....you could collect extra and post pics on AA and make a little change...I am a potential....hmmmm
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Ill buy what ever you don't want !! Jackpot dude !! Very Nice !!! Those bigger pieces will be awesome, the little pieces would be good for a cichlid tank
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Thanks for the help I have the original piece soaking in a large Rubbermaid. The larger 41" piece is too large to soak in the Rubbermaid so maybe have to use the tub we will see. With all the interest on just those pieces it makes me consider selling some or looking for some more pieces. I'm just not really sure how shipping would be as I live in Canada. Perhaps in the spring or when it's not freezing out ill look for some more to sell.
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Thanks for the help I have the original piece soaking in a large Rubbermaid. The larger 41" piece is too large to soak in the Rubbermaid so maybe have to use the tub we will see. With all the interest on just those pieces it makes me consider selling some or looking for some more pieces. I'm just not really sure how shipping would be as I live in Canada. Perhaps in the spring or when it's not freezing out ill look for some more to sell.
Awesome...stock up when you do I bet you will sell pretty darn fast if they are as nice as these
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