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Old 07-17-2014, 04:11 PM   #11
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Guppy guhrus? Lol. So i think I can see it is safe to do this. Now just BC I lobe seeing tanks anyone got pics of their driftwood from the beach?

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Old 07-17-2014, 08:49 PM   #12
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I collect on the beach here as well. I get pieces that have dried. Remove loose debris, rinse well and in the tank it goes. Never had a problem, except it takes along time to sink.. almost a year for a couple pieces I had. The were really dried out and hard as rock.
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Seems a few people don't boil the wood first. Its pretty much just luck that nothing nasty was introduced into your freshwater tanks just by a a bit of a brush, a small soak in cold water and a quick rinse.

While it has worked for some of the authors on this thread, is it really the best way to treat sea drift wood as global long term advice for someone starting out and thinking about doing it?

Probably not.

I've boiled wood, rocks and stones from the sea. The tiny little creatures that come scurrying out are suprising. If you don't boil and sterilise, these die inside the wood but not right away. They die while the wood is inside your tank, then rot, and can create disease. The microbes you cannot see don't even get washed away from a quick brush and a small soak and rinse if they are inside the grain of the wood.

Best advice: Sterilise sea driftwood, everytime.
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I would not use it for sensitive fish like neons ,discus
would be great for mollies the love salt , some use them in sea water tanks , guppies are ok
try it with some cheaper fish
African cichlids would be fine
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I threw it in an old cow trough, threw in a hose with a sprinkler head and let her rip for 2-3 days (water well), I emptied it and did it again then I tasted the water and there was no salt taste at all. Put in the aquarium and never looked back

I know, I know, all the guppy guhrus will make fun of my methods but I've owned large successful aquariums for 40+ years.

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What if its too big to boil. Would the dish washer w no soap be effective?

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I don't see why a dishwasher without soap wouldn't work. Might be some residual soap but multiple rinsings and dryings should take care of that.

Big stuff is hard to boil but everything that goes in my tank gets a bleach bath followed by a rinse, sun dry, rinse sun dry.

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I've boiled wood, rocks and stones from the sea. The tiny little creatures that come scurrying out are suprising. If you don't boil and sterilise, these die inside the wood but not right away. They die while the wood is inside your tank, then rot, and can create disease. The microbes you cannot see don't even get washed away from a quick brush and a small soak and rinse if they are inside the grain of the wood.
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And as for boiling rocks. Isn't that VERY dangerous? Rocks can explode when boiled I heard.

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I refuse to use bleach. It turns the wood an unnatural color and begins to break down the wood. Hydrogen peroxide is a better choice. It doesn't discolor the wood as much and the wood retains its in strength.

As for thoroughness, I think that depends on your fish. One can afford to lose guppies, but CARES fish are a different story.

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There is an extremely low risk of rocks exploding while they are being boiled. Ten minutes in boiling water should be enough. There is a high risk if you heat wet rocks in the oven or in a fire, or if there is a sudden change in temperature.

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