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Old 09-02-2011, 04:00 PM   #1
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homemade drift wood problems HELP

ok i recently found a few masses of root wood and a nice stump from a lot that a construction company is clearing.. out of the 4 pieces i have i soaked and peeled the bark off them and they are drying nicely and look very good but i am getting a greenish white mold on the large of the 4 pieces i did have to soak this on longer to get the thicker bark off of it but it has been drying for a good week an a half now but over the last 3 days i have noticed a fair bit of whitish green mold on the outside of the wood where i peeled the bark off of..... how would i get rid of this.... note this piece is about 3.5-4' long.... also is it just a matter of time befor it just goes away and will it be safe to put in a tank eventualy?
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Old 09-02-2011, 04:03 PM   #2
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So the wood is molding outside the tank?
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Old 09-02-2011, 04:07 PM   #3
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yes i peeled all the bark off and put it in the sun to let it dry 100% befor i re-soaked it to leech of tannins... and yes the piece of wood has mold on it sitting on my concrete deck in 100% sun all day to dry it out... i can take pictures but i dont know how good they will be
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Old 09-02-2011, 04:14 PM   #4
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Well I'd be careful about introducing mold to your tank. I'd be curious to know what is causing it. Have you tried a saltwater soak? That might kill the mold.
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Old 09-02-2011, 04:24 PM   #5
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i cant realy 100% soak the piece so one half of it will be out of the biggest container i have also i do not want to use salt if i dont have to because im probably going to be useing it in a discus tank and i dont want the posible salt resedue to get into the tank for the health of the fish
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http://i.imgur.com/5cyuS.jpg imgur: the simple image sharer http://i.imgur.com/GNzJS.jpg

first link is the whole piece the white stuff on it is the mold there is a fair bit of it in that cevice... second link close up on the mold, 3rd link the other drift wood i have that is uneffected i think its because of the size and they dryed much quicker
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Spray it with bleach and let it dry, rinse and scrub off any residue. Power washers do a pretty good job of cleaning wood.
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i guess im gona bust out my spray bottle and preasure washer if i can get it to work then keep it inside next to my de humidifire
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Old 09-02-2011, 05:28 PM   #9
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even tho im proli just gona preasure washer cuz bleach in my tank is an even worse idea then salt cuz i know about cholrine killing fish
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Well you spray with bleach and let it dry, and then you resoak it to remove bleach.
I was going to suggest that previously, but didn't feel like explaining the process of getting the bleach out if the wood.
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