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keeno
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PostPosted: 2009.01.03(Sat)1:12    Post subject: 'Local Driftwood?' Reply with quote

If I just took branches and such from the trees around here, would it be dangerous for my fish?

Right now, I have a lichen-covered oak branch, a California sycamore branch, couple of bittersweet branches, and an unidentified one.
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PostPosted: 2009.01.03(Sat)10:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

depends, were pesticides used in the area? did you find them submerged or in some other wet location?
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PostPosted: 2009.01.03(Sat)17:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

They weren't submerged, but they weren't in a pesticide-sprayed area either.

Would they rot?
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PostPosted: 2009.01.03(Sat)19:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you looking at deadwood or green wood? all wood will rot eventually.
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PostPosted: 2009.01.03(Sat)20:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's dead wood.

I understand that it'll all rot, but I'm just wondering how quickly.
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PostPosted: 2009.01.04(Sun)1:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

well I have driftwood I collected off the beach in one of my tanks. Its been in there for 2 years and it has rotted very little over this time.
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James in OH
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PostPosted: 2009.01.04(Sun)23:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

what did you do to the wood you found on the beach to get it ready for your tank?
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PostPosted: 2009.01.04(Sun)23:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go for hardwood, avoid the softwoods like pine and fir, they will rot extremely fast in your tank.

Take a look at the sceptical aquarist, they've got a really good thing on wood there, but I can't find it right now. Laughing
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PostPosted: 2009.01.05(Mon)2:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

To prepare the wood for my aquarium I soaked it until the tannins had leached out. I then boiled the wood for an hour. After that I scrubbed the wood to remove any remaining sand or dirt. I then rinsed it under boiling water from a kettle and then cool water from the tap. And then added it to my tank.
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PostPosted: 2009.01.05(Mon)3:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

FISHBOY3-the wood that you put in your tank, where did you get it from? The wood that I would most likely get from the great outdoors would be from a local, glacially-fed river bed. Would that be an OK place to get wood from and could I follow the same "cleaning" procedure as you?

Also bear in mind that I have no idea what wood is what, so it would just be "driftwood", unless you guys can tell me a way to figure out the difference? Laughing
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