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post #16 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-13-2013, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Zeuner View Post
I agree with Fiftymeatballs, it's definitely much better to pre-soak the wood first. I boiled the woods from them for at least a week. And the drained water was really cloudy, but after that there's no problem so far.

Here's what they look like in my tank:
And no strange fish deaths attributed the your wood?

There was a whole thread about people using it in their tanks safely

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Originally Posted by Fiftymeatballs View Post
Zeuner who posted earlier said his fish were gasping after introduction of these branches. Sounds like the potential problem with fresh un dried pieces was noticed on time.

Samee, what species of fish did you keep in your tank while introducing the driftwood?
Also did you do any water changes within the first day or two of introduction?

It was a few very small pieces first of all. 2nd, I have 1 oto and 1 SAE in my 45 gal (yes Im trying to master co2 and didnt bother getting fishes or shrimps). 3rd, I only do water changes on Sunday, I added the pieces on Sunday I think. My pieces have turned a little blakkish from areas, but that only makes them look more natural.

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I am pretty convinced the discus died from low O2 levels. These fish were very healthy and I had them for over a year doing great. They don't all just suddenly drop dead the day after something new was introduced to the tank.

The few fish that did survive were gasping at the surface when I came home. Keep in mind one discus did survive. I lost 3 adults and 1 juvie discus, a few shrimp and a german blue ram. My neons and the discus cull made it through.

If it was chemicals that leached into the water I am pretty sure all would have died. So I am ruling that out. Also since so many have had success with this company and since it's just sand blasted wood I doubt it was chemical.

If I were to try this again I'd soak it, boil it if possible. Do large water changes or keep the fish in a quarantine or run air stone . Monitor PH for sudden drops, test O2 levels and most importantly do it on a weekend when you have time to monitor your tank for a few days.
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Originally Posted by hambone870 View Post
And no strange fish deaths attributed the your wood?

There was a whole thread about people using it in their tanks safely
None. The woods are completely safe after I boiled them.
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