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Old 01-22-2023, 04:21 PM   #1
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Sterilizing this driftwood

I've used this wood before in a previous freshwater setup, but it's been outside (not on the ground) being rained on and in damp conditions for a while now and I need to sterilize it before putting the pieces back in the tank again.

These pieces are too big to get into a pot to boil so I was wondering if I could sterilize them by heating in the oven. I don't use the oven much so it wouldn't be a problem leaving them in for an extended period of time if that's what it takes.

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You can bake driftwood at 200c for a couple of hours. Keep an eye on it to avoid it charring. Wont help with getting it to sink same as boiling would.
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Old 01-22-2023, 09:34 PM   #3
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100 degrees Celcius will kill anything on it if you want to cook it. Personally I would just hose it off and pop it in a tank. If you are really concerned, put it in a bucket of tap water and add a heap of salt (sodium chloride). Leave it to soak for a few days, then rinse it off with fresh water and soak in a container of tap water for a few more days. Then add to tank.

Unless you use chemicals in your yard (around the wood), there's unlikely to be much on it. Maybe a few slaters or things crawling around in it.
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How big is the driftwood?

Know anyone with one of those propane powered giant turkey fryers? ? I would be hitting up my family to use one of those.
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