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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-15-2003, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so im going to my beach house this weekend and i was wondering if it was safe to collect driftwood for my tank.If i can use it what do i have to do?...Boil it for a day?......Soak it for a week....Please advise me guyz..
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I've had good luck just soaking driftwood for a few weeks, so as to get rid of most of the tannens.
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It depends on where you live. Here in Oregon most of the driftwood is conifer based. Not good to put in the tank. If you know the wood is hardwood then soak it for a while to get it to sink and remove the sand and salt and what tannins might be left in it. Then just to be on the safe side boil it for an hour.
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Thanx alot for the input......one other thing..can i use beach to mix in with my substrait ??
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If by "Beach" you mean beach sand, make sure you rinse it well because of the salt. I would also sterilize it by boiling it.

It also depends on the type and size of sand. Silica sand may be ok, but beach sand may contain too many carbonates and make the ph basic.

If by "Beach" you mean bleach....I would not recommend it...

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If it's beach sand stay away from it. First off it's almost impossible to get all the salt out of it. And then there are all those shell fragments to deal with that are going to drive your kH and gH way up.
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yes i meant beach sand...i guess i was a little too hurry to get my message posted and get back to my job.OK so ill stay away from the beach sand and look for the driftwood......
thank you for your help.....my mind is like a little sponge only absorbing your great knowledge and wisdom...my fellow forum buddies...
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