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Old 07-25-2015, 06:44 AM   #11
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Hey man, noticed you said you're gonna get some wild rocks. Before you put them in the tank you should pour some vinegar to make sure their safe. If they fizz they can cause a no no in your tank. I would boil them also but be careful because that can lead to them exploding.
Thank you. I've read about that, I'll make sure their safe before I add them or anything to the aquarium.
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Your plans sound great. Have fun with it. Depending on where you are in CA, you can cut your own manzanita, clean and peal it for driftwood. Better to use dead pieces, but if you cut it live age it until it is really really dried out. Just be careful that it hasn't been spayed with anything. And watch out for ticks!
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Your plans sound great. Have fun with it. Depending on where you are in CA, you can cut your own manzanita, clean and peal it for driftwood. Better to use dead pieces, but if you cut it live age it until it is really really dried out. Just be careful that it hasn't been spayed with anything. And watch out for ticks!
Is that a common use for driftwood? There's manzanita everywhere around where I'll be. Especially dead already, I'll give that a try too, that'd look great amongst the planted side. How exactly do you make sure it's safe, just boil it for like a whole day??
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Is that a common use for driftwood? There's manzanita everywhere around where I'll be. Especially dead already, I'll give that a try too, that'd look great amongst the planted side. How exactly do you make sure it's safe, just boil it for like a whole day??

You can boil it for a couple hours to get all the tannins and stuff out. Some people will dry the would in the sun for a day or bake it to be extra careful.


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What Caleb said

Besides being very pretty in the aquarium, there are fewer tannins in manzanita than some other woods. It is one of the more favored woods for aquarium use.
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Alrighty then, looks like I'll have to add that to my list then. I'll probably boil it and then bake it to be sure. Same with the rocks.

I think I'm going to change my substrate too, I've heard sand is good for a planted aqauirium, I kind of want to mix sand, and my current substrate together. I've seen that really dark stuff, where do you guys find it at?
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Alrighty then, looks like I'll have to add that to my list then. I'll probably boil it and then bake it to be sure. Same with the rocks.



I think I'm going to change my substrate too, I've heard sand is good for a planted aqauirium, I kind of want to mix sand, and my current substrate together. I've seen that really dark stuff, where do you guys find it at?

No no not rocks. Ever heard of river rocks exploding around campfires? Don't want to take that risk. Just give it a good scrub in the sink and it will be fine.


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How about just a low heat bake? less than 200 degrees, maybe 170 to kill anything that might be on it?
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How about just a low heat bake? less than 200 degrees, maybe 170 to kill anything that might be on it?

A rock is a rock. I've taken rocks straight from the lake in my backyard, a couple hours of scrubbing off crud in the sick and never had a problem. Leaving the baking for driftwood.


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A rock is a rock. I've taken rocks straight from the lake in my backyard, a couple hours of scrubbing off crud in the sick and never had a problem. Leaving the baking for driftwood.


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