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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-11-2013, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Found some random driftwood in the ocean.

I found a nice piece for my 29g. I hit it with my pressure washer ran it through the dishwasher a few times (no soap) and have about 3 hours worth of boiling on it currently.

It's still making iced tea out of the water and salt crystals are still leaching out. Any way to speed up this process? Or anyone have an idea what type of wood it is?

Would adding a little bleach help with extracting the tannins? I have changed the water every hour it's been boiling. It's a little better but still leeching pretty good.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-11-2013, 08:06 PM
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Give it time. Water needs time to get into the wood.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-13-2013, 02:11 AM
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It is a lovely piece of wood. I'd find a big tub to put it in and just leave it to soak.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-13-2013, 02:40 PM
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Wow! Thats a nice piece of wood! It takes lot's of time to soak.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-13-2013, 04:30 PM
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Its just going to take time. Keep boiling it until you don't get anymore salt residue. The tannins will probably leech for a long time. If it bothers you, use some purigen or carbon.

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Originally Posted by becky3086 View Post
It is a lovely piece of wood. I'd find a big tub to put it in and just leave it to soak.
I second that. Set it and forget it. Some woods take longer than other to become water logged and/or leech free. Some woods never stop leeching tannins. My water is never crystal clear as there is always a pinch of tannins after a day or two of a water change.

I remember letting my wood sit for a month or two outside in a 32g trash can. I changed the water maybe 3-4 times and that was it. My water ain't free, lol. To help with becoming water logged you can drill holes thru the thickest parts of the wood. If your worried about appearance, do it from a side you won't see.

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If you can get something big enough to put the whole piece in, you should be able to get most of the salt out in a soaking or two.

If a lot of it is sticking out of the water, what's probably happening is the salty water wicking up through the wood, and evaporating, leaving the salt behind.
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