Originally Posted by New_b0401
Can I use would that I found in my tanks and if so how do I treat it I've heard all you have to do is boil it? Is that true? Also do I have to watch out for sharp pieces and if so what is considered sharp to fish? I would really like to transition from fake wood to driftwood in my planted tank but driftwood is crazy expensive around here!
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Boiling will soften the piece and it won't hold together in the tank as long. Any piece boiled or not will eventually come apart, but boiling hastens that process.
If you're concerned about parasites or bacteria, you shouldn't. Just rinse the piece with the pressure nozzle attached your garden hose and put it out in the sun for a few hours. It will be tank ready.
You should probably look around for some rocks too. You'll need them to weigh down the piece in the tank. Although, floating the piece looks good too. Just attach some banana plants to it with cotton sewing thread. Very natural.