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Old 03-20-2013, 10:15 PM   #31
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Marshall's* I mean. Not Micheal's
Glad you found some DW. Soak and boil it.

Did not see any at Michaels but I picked up a bag of Poly-Fil. Going to take a handful of it to clear up the tank then put the rest of it in a pillow case and sleep on it! LOL
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:04 AM   #32
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Now that I look at it more, I think it might be Malaysian driftwood actually.




The shop had no idea what my DW was but its got a flat root type section at base! I've attached a pic if you might have a bit of an idea? I'm soaking it in boiling water now!
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The shop had no idea what my DW was but its got a flat root type section at base! I've attached a pic if you might have a bit of an idea? I'm soaking it in boiling water now!
Did u mean to post a google map pic?
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Did u mean to post a google map pic?
Oh no I didn't lol not sure what happened there, I'm new on here, that was my first photo post :-/
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My piece I collected myself. I love hunting for driftwood in the creek beds. I soaked the piece for four weeks and it still floated so I had to screw it to a rock.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:50 AM   #36
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Just a question?

I bought a piece of DW ( not sure what kind exactly) and I have it soaking in boiling water and I replenish the boiling water every 3 hours.

How long should I continue to do this before its tank ready?

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It can be considered tank ready after a few hours of soaking. All your basically trying to achieve with the soaking is to kill off any bacteria the wood may harbor. Getting the wood to sink is a different story. It can take days, weeks, even months for some pieces to sink and even though the color may seem displeasing, believe it or not, tannins are actually good for a few things in the tank such as plants and fish.
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It can be considered tank ready after a few hours of soaking. All your basically trying to achieve with the soaking is to kill off any bacteria the wood may harbor. Getting the wood to sink is a different story. It can take days, weeks, even months for some pieces to sink and even though the color may seem displeasing, believe it or not, tannins are actually good for a few things in the tank such as plants and fish.
Oh thanks, I actually don't like the tannins making my water brown tho, I prefer it clear! But I have heard its not harmful but actually good.

Anyway I appreciate the advice, I was told it had to soak for a few months, that's way to long lol
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It's all about preference, and the wood. It could take months, it could take a week. Some people just boil it once and throw it in the tank, and then just do water changes more often and eventually the tea color goes away. As far as getting it to sink, the easiest way is to just screw it to slate, and just hide the slate under your substrate.
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I'm debating on whether or not to get some java moss to put on my driftwood. What do you guys think? Do you think that would look good, or should I just leave the driftwood bare? I can't decide so please say your opinions haha
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