Found some random driftwood in the ocean.
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > Specific Aspects of a Planted Tank > Aquascaping


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-11-2013, 08:19 PM   #1
wutang61
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Vero Beach, FL
Posts: 58
Default

Found some random driftwood in the ocean.


I found a nice piece for my 29g. I hit it with my pressure washer ran it through the dishwasher a few times (no soap) and have about 3 hours worth of boiling on it currently.

It's still making iced tea out of the water and salt crystals are still leaching out. Any way to speed up this process? Or anyone have an idea what type of wood it is?

Would adding a little bleach help with extracting the tannins? I have changed the water every hour it's been boiling. It's a little better but still leeching pretty good.




Sent from my toaster with the 4g's and the wifis
wutang61 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-11-2013, 09:06 PM   #2
diesalot
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: California
Posts: 11
Default

Give it time. Water needs time to get into the wood.
diesalot is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-13-2013, 03:11 AM   #3
becky3086
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Thomson, GA
Posts: 36
Default

It is a lovely piece of wood. I'd find a big tub to put it in and just leave it to soak.
becky3086 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-13-2013, 03:40 PM   #4
Husky
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Western Cape, South Africa
Posts: 44
Default

Wow! Thats a nice piece of wood! It takes lot's of time to soak.
Husky is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-13-2013, 05:30 PM   #5
Clemsons2k
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Clemsons2k's Avatar
 
PTrader: (4/100%)
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 607
Default

Its just going to take time. Keep boiling it until you don't get anymore salt residue. The tannins will probably leech for a long time. If it bothers you, use some purigen or carbon.
__________________
10G - Low Tech Planted [ Chocolate Neos, MTS, Tracked Nerite / Anubias Nana, Windelov Java Fern, Water Wisteria, Dwarf Sag ]
29G - Non Planted Native Tank [ Creek Chub, Yellowfin Shiners, MTS / Water Wisteria ]
Clemsons2k is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-13-2013, 09:29 PM   #6
flight50
Wannabe Guru
 
flight50's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: dfw
Posts: 1,077
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by becky3086 View Post
It is a lovely piece of wood. I'd find a big tub to put it in and just leave it to soak.
I second that. Set it and forget it. Some woods take longer than other to become water logged and/or leech free. Some woods never stop leeching tannins. My water is never crystal clear as there is always a pinch of tannins after a day or two of a water change.

I remember letting my wood sit for a month or two outside in a 32g trash can. I changed the water maybe 3-4 times and that was it. My water ain't free, lol. To help with becoming water logged you can drill holes thru the thickest parts of the wood. If your worried about appearance, do it from a side you won't see.
__________________
Eheim Pimp #509
FINNEX CLUB MEMBER#31
The Fraternity of Dirt #146

Builds - DIY Quad Stands









Tanks - low tech 29g
flight50 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-13-2013, 11:17 PM   #7
lochaber
Planted Tank Guru
 
lochaber's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 2,165
Default

If you can get something big enough to put the whole piece in, you should be able to get most of the salt out in a soaking or two.

If a lot of it is sticking out of the water, what's probably happening is the salty water wicking up through the wood, and evaporating, leaving the salt behind.
lochaber is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 11:12 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012