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Old 12-13-2012, 10:34 AM   #16
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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.
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:55 AM   #17
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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.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:45 PM   #18
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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.
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:26 PM   #19
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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
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:23 AM   #20
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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.
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:27 AM   #21
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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.
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