Originally Posted by BBradbury
Hello flit... You went to a lot more work than necessary to prepare the pieces for the tank. Boiling softens the wood fibers and the piece won't stay together as long. The chances of bacteria getting into the tank from a piece left out in the weather is very remote. The combination of the sun's rays and the low temps this time of year will kill anything that might have lived on the piece. Soaking isn't really needed for a natural piece. Most pieces from outside don't contain much tannic acid. If they do leach bit, a series of water changes will remove the amber color. Your pieces are tank ready, now. B
In the original post he stated that he found the driftwood months ago, meaning in early fall or late summer. Also, bacteria isn't totally the problem. There's fungus and parasites also. Parasites are the easiest gone. But baking doesn't usually cut it for fungal spores and bacteria. You can't risk anything when getting things from local ponds or waterways.
And also, boiling only begins to weaken the woods at an extent. He did go overkill with boiling no doubt. 15 minutes is all that's necessary.
In the end though we agree. It's ready to go in the tank. You just can't be too safe with natural pieces. Some people will disagree, but extra work could save you a lot later on.