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Old 02-21-2014, 03:56 AM   #1
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is driftwood safe ?


I have some driftwood i am unsure is safe , how long would i have to have in a tank with fish to determine if it is safe or not?
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You can soak in some hot water, if it'll fit into a pot/pan boil it for an hour, if it won't fit then sit it in the bathtub full of hot water for an hour. This is what I do with any new driftwood I get, plus I'll give it a nice scrubbing with an old tooth brush to clear off any debris that might be stuck to the wood.
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I soaked it in a tub of hot water , but i am unsure what type of wood it is
arnt some woods unsafe for fish?

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Old 02-21-2014, 05:26 AM   #4
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Most won't cause a problem. You can away soak it for several weeks in a bucket to get most of the tannins out then run purigen in your filter to clear any residual.
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Basically you can leave a mark with your fingernail in the wood to test if it's hard wood or soft wood, soft wood tends to rot away under water.
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i am not worried about it staining the water, ive herd some woods can kill fish or shrimp
like soft wood or pine
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Old 02-22-2014, 12:45 AM   #7
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Try scratching it/cutting it, and seeing if you can notice a smell.

'woody', and 'earthy' type smells are fine.

smells like pine, cedar, resin, etc. aren't.

You can try boiling it a bit and see if anything interesting comes out.

If it's well weathered, it's probably fine...
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Boiling can certainly help tell if it's no good, you will have resin/sap come out and you'll smell it.
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it is way to big to boil , i soaked it in a tub for a day ,now it is in my newly set up tank,
how long being in a tank with fish and shrimp would it take to see if it is safe?
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