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Old 10-15-2013, 03:55 PM   #1
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Help with DIY droftwood

So I found a nice piece of driftwood I would love in my 120g. It's been soaking in regular tap water outside for about 2 months now and I have changed the water about once a week. Still hasn't completely sunk but I am will to put it in my tank with a small rock on top of it. Also there is some green algae on it, and today while going over it I noticed some small red worms (possibly blood worms?) crawling on it. I have never boiled it, should I do anything to it before putting it into my tank?



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Old 10-15-2013, 04:02 PM   #2
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Done this a couple times. I change the water every time it changes color. Those are the woods tannins being released. Once a week is not enough. You should also have something already weighing it down. It will help with it getting completely saturated. Your should also power wash it or scrub it as you rinse. But not too rough that you start eroding it. Boiling of you can now and before you put in your tank is advisable. Also keep out of the sun. So you don't get algae growth. Let us know how it goes.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:04 PM   #3
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Man, I'd like to luck up on a nice piece of driftwood like that. If it was me, I would probably boil it just to make sure you're not introduction anything unwanted into the tank. Plus it would cut down on some of the tannin that soaking may have not released.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:05 PM   #4
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Nice piece by the way. I see your already weighing it down. The more you rinse and change the water the faster you'll get rid of the tannins. If it does t seem to get better than it might not be right for your aquarium.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:23 PM   #5
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Man, I'd like to luck up on a nice piece of driftwood like that. If it was me, I would probably boil it just to make sure you're not introduction anything unwanted into the tank. Plus it would cut down on some of the tannin that soaking may have not released.
What if I don't anything large enough to boil it in?
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:32 PM   #6
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If it was me, and since you have that nice sized backyard. I'd go by a big pot, have a campfire and boil it.

Or maybe some chlorine solution?
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If it was me, and since you have that nice sized backyard. I'd go by a big pot, have a campfire and boil it. Or maybe some chlorine solution?
Chlorine not just bleach?
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Chlorine not just bleach?
Yes, chlorine bleach solution. I'd say a 10% bleach solution would be good. Just make sure you rinse the wood down really good. Until you can't smell the bleach anymore.
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Yes, chlorine bleach solution. I'd say a 10% bleach solution would be good. Just make sure you rinse the wood down really good. Until you can't smell the bleach anymore.
Think soaking for a day would be good?
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Or if you don't feel comfortable with doing that. You could put the wood in your bath tub and pour boiling water over it, though this isn't as thorough.
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