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Old 11-12-2009, 07:45 PM   #11
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Do you have to boil the rocks? or do you just get them from streams and put them in the tank ? Any idea how long to soak the DW? Thanks for your help
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Old 11-12-2009, 07:47 PM   #12
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Sorry I still dont get the driftwood thing. Doesnt driftwood come from the ocean? Can you still put it into a freshwater tank?
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:04 PM   #13
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Ummm, I don't think I would use ocean driftwood in a freshwater tank. As far as I know, it will contain salt for a long time. You can get driftwood from lakes and sometimes rivers too. I don't know how long to soak it for, and I am too lazy to do it myself lol. I don't have driftwood in my tanks yet. The next thing I am putting in is deer antlers! WHOO HOO!
I got my rocks from a creek close to my house, and I boiled them like an idiot. I didn't even think about them exploding if they had a possible crack lol! I think you soak them in a bleach solution in a bucket for a few days. If you want, you can get some, and pour some vinegar on them. If it bubbles, don't put it in your tank. I stuck with shale/slate and granite. If the rock crumbles, I would not put that in either.
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Old 11-13-2009, 12:22 AM   #15
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You dont have to glue rocks unless there is something that will move them. Like big fish or crabs or shrimp. You can usually tell if they are going to fall. once settled they stay put. Some "drift wood" never sinks. You might have to screw it to some tile or rock.
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:36 AM   #17
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I have one piece of ocean DW in my guppy tank, havnt had any odd readings but have had an explosion of guppy fry since it was introduced to the tank.

Some DW doesnt sink, most hardwoods will if not all.

Never boil or bake rocks.
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