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12-20-2012 04:27 AM
amphirion
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Originally Posted by selma_belma View Post
So I've got a question, someone said they pick driftwood out from the river. Is that safe for your tank? I've wondered because I've got a few beautiful pieces, but don't want to use them if it's not a good idea.
yes you may. just boil them to be on the safe side. i usually stick my pieces in a large cauldron, put as much of it underwater as possible, cover the lid and boil. Once when it starts boiling, i leave it there for 10 minutes, then i turn the heat off and let is sit there for an additional hour or so.
12-20-2012 04:23 AM
selma_belma So I've got a question, someone said they pick driftwood out from the river. Is that safe for your tank? I've wondered because I've got a few beautiful pieces, but don't want to use them if it's not a good idea.
12-13-2012 03:26 PM
Cinbos
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I've bought some from Petsmart as well, mostly the mopani wood that is sold in the reptile section. No problems and like most driftwood, will leach tannins into your tank.
Yep! I think that is what I am going to go with
12-13-2012 01:45 PM
tiggity I've bought some from Petsmart as well, mostly the mopani wood that is sold in the reptile section. No problems and like most driftwood, will leach tannins into your tank.
12-13-2012 12:55 PM
Tetranerd
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Originally Posted by Cinbos View Post
I saw some drift there for fairly cheap and i was wondering if it is safe?



I've used the driftwood from PetSmart - Doesn't float, sinks nicely, looks good in the tank.
12-13-2012 11:34 AM
Java Moss Picked up some of the same stuff a couple years ago from PS or some other box store. Regular mopani wood without any of that weird bark or any of that crap.

Gave it a good boiling in my wife's stew pot for about an hour to accelerate the tannin leeching, let it cool down and it's been in the tank since then. No film, no brown water and sunk like a Mob cement shoe. Didn't end up needing carbon or purigen either.

BL pleco made one of them his home and the other has multiple anubias stuck to it like glue.
12-13-2012 11:17 AM
RickRS
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Originally Posted by m00se View Post
The Malaysian wood will leech tannins for ~3-4 months but meh...water changes take care of that minor stuff. If it really bugs you then use charcoal.
I suggest Purigen, from SeaChem. I think it works 100 times better at taking out tannins.
12-13-2012 01:29 AM
Cinbos
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Naw...although I did do a 5 year bid in Charlotte in the 90s...
Interesting 😏
12-11-2012 06:24 AM
m00se Naw...although I did do a 5 year bid in Charlotte in the 90s...
12-11-2012 06:19 AM
Cinbos
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Uhh... going to their website store locator? They're all identically laid out.

also:

Haha gotchya. Thought you were from around here.
12-11-2012 05:46 AM
m00se Uhh... going to their website store locator? They're all identically laid out.

also:

12-11-2012 05:23 AM
Cinbos How dod you know that? Besides looking online...
12-11-2012 03:59 AM
m00se You have Pet Supplies Plus there in Raleigh. They have Malaysian driftwood for $10 ea. All sizes. It sinks like a rock and looks awesome. Look in the lizard section too because they split it up between fish and there. Much better selection imo than Petsmart/Petco. The Malaysian wood will leech tannins for ~3-4 months but meh...water changes take care of that minor stuff. If it really bugs you then use charcoal.

Cheers

http://www.petsuppliesplus.com/custs...cate_store.cmd
12-11-2012 03:44 AM
Rob in Puyallup Local Petcos sell soaked driftwood in their stock tanks. It's a bit more expensive than the dry stuff, but it's ready to use.

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12-11-2012 03:33 AM
Cinbos I will be sure o boil it then. I am going to get the mopani, as for the grape vine, i will leave that alone.
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