Cleaning Local Driftwood
Hello Devon. Here's the skinny on finding and using local driftwood: If you live in a dry climate, all you need to do is to get a high pressure nozzle, attach it to a garden hose and spray down the wood. Leave it out in the sun until dry, then into the tank it goes. I live in Colorado and have picked more than my share of driftwood and rocks for my tanks. Believe me, the noon sun around here will kill any bacteria that survives the dry climate around the local rivers.
If you live in a more humid climate, then the wood can potentially have bugs and such on or in it. In this case, just get a large squirt bottle and fill it with organic apple cider vinegar and give the wood a good dose of the vinegar. Then, a good hose down with the pressure nozzle and out in the sun for a few days should take care of anything living in or on the wood.