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Old 08-26-2013, 11:55 AM   #1
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Hi,
I was just wondering if it is safe to put hardwood found from a lake/river into my aquarium? Obviously it would be boiled to within an inch of its life to kill anything harmful.
Would this be ok? Looking for advice
Thanks a lot!!!!!!
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:03 PM   #2
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Your good, and as long as you boil to kill any unwanted parasites. Ive never used driftwood from a local river, but just boil boil and boil some more. I would probably scrub it too with a sponge or something
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Everyone's boiling their wood, you guys have a cauldron hanging over a firepit in your back yards? Dunno about you guys but I've never found a piece of wood I wanted that would fit in a standard stove sized pot... Which I'm sure my wife is grateful for. There some kind of trick I'm missing?
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Lol, and no there isnt a trick. For smaller pieces you should be able to fit in a pot. If it dosent fit then just get a bucket, boil some water and fill bucket with boiling water. Time consuming but it works.

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For larger pieces I boil one side and then flip over and boil other side.
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Yes if its bigger, boil one side and the flip and do the other, I then leave in a bucket for a few hours lol
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I bleach...never had issues, but I understand the risks.
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I first scrub them with a brush and anti-bacterial dish washing liquid. Then the boiling water treatment. And when patience kicks in (or I got the time), I bleach them.
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I found a piece at a river. Fist I scrubbed it them let it sit in water for 3 weeks, finaly Puting it in bleach. So far no problems.
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Everyone's boiling their wood, you guys have a cauldron hanging over a firepit in your back yards? Dunno about you guys but I've never found a piece of wood I wanted that would fit in a standard stove sized pot... Which I'm sure my wife is grateful for. There some kind of trick I'm missing?
Crawfish pot, brah.

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I pressure washed mine first, and bought a 22qt stock pot from walmart for like 20 bucks. Then cranked the stove on the grill in the back yard, (so I dont have to smell that stuff in the house ) my piece is about 43 in long had to flip it but the fish seem to love it. Oh I found my piece by the saint Helena resevour.
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I used driftwood in my 65 gal. and all i did was rinse it with hot water out of the sink while scrubbing it. That was a year ago and haven't had any problems that I know of. The question is how would i know if there were parasites.
FYI (I live in the northern mountains of montana, which is where the drift wood was pulled.)
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