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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-13-2019, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
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Question Can I still use this wood for my 50 gal tank?

Recently I moved houses and had to keep my wood and fish separate for almost 9 months.

I decided to ask my dad to put the fish down for me since he lives in another house to my mother.

One container seems okay, the plants seem alive, not well, but they aren't dead, there is white stuff on it though.

The other container is disgusting and has algae and fungus on the wood. I think the wood may have been rotting as well, a few fish it seems died in there too. No store would take my fish in so I had no choice but to put them down.

Now starting over from a fresh in a walstad tank, can I still use these pieces of would? I know I most likely have to boil the wood that looks terrible, but the other wood in the container that looks not as bad has plants thriving on it like anubias, is it okay for me to leave that wood and put it in when my tank is ready? Will the plants outgrow the fungus? Will it poison my tank? Or should I play it safe and boil everything and kill everything on the wood? Just disappoints me because I spent a lot of the wood and I don't want it to go to waste.

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I would just take containers do some clean up, start changing 30-40% water, put a bubble filter in it or just rigid air tube bubbler and let it bubble to keep water circulation going and warm it with heater if needed. Anything bad will get cleaned up by beneficial bacteria/fungi in a few weeks.


Then after that just lightly scrub it with dish brush to remove what overly decayed wood there is on outside and it should be ready to use. If wood just crumbles and falls apart itís to far gone and just needs tossed.

Most fungi are not your enemy and are a beneficial part of pretty much every ecosystem on the planet. Rains come and flush wood fungi/leaf mold and beneficial compounds they produce off forest floor and into pretty much every stream/river/lake there is.
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I would just take containers do some clean up, start changing 30-40% water, put a bubble filter in it or just rigid air tube bubbler and let it bubble to keep water circulation going and warm it with heater if needed. Anything bad will get cleaned up by beneficial bacteria/fungi in a few weeks.


Then after that just lightly scrub it with dish brush to remove what overly decayed wood there is on outside and it should be ready to use. If wood just crumbles and falls apart itís to far gone and just needs tossed.

Most fungi are not your enemy and are a beneficial part of pretty much every ecosystem on the planet. Rains come and flush wood fungi/leaf mold and beneficial compounds they produce off forest floor and into pretty much every stream/river/lake there is.
So I can't just add them to my tank? I have to keep them in the containers and do all that for a while? Aw, I was hoping maybe I could reboil the wood that has the dead plants on it and reuse the wood that has live plants on it and put a temp filter on the 50 gal to filter out the bad stuff.
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I would throw them right in, but I love dirt, tannins, and mulm. Don't boil a thing.

Edit: I don't know your tanks, but it would work for mine.

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I would throw them right in, but I love dirt, tannins, and mulm. Don't boil a thing.

Edit: I don't know your tanks, but it would work for mine.
I don't care about the looks so much of my tank, as long as my little creatures are healthy and happy I'm happy. I just don't want to make them sick, you know?
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My worry would be if the ones with live plants on them have been in anoxic conditions for while they would leach sulfide back into main tank. Those compounds can kill every living thing in your tank, including beneficial bacteria. If you pull wood out and smell it youíll know if itís releasing sulfide, has that backed up sewer line/rotting egg smell.

Boiling wood sounds like more work and hassle to me than just fixing tubs water conditions that their currently in and waiting 2-3 weeks.
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My worry would be if the ones with live plants on them have been in anoxic conditions for while they would leach sulfide back into main tank. Those compounds can kill every living thing in your tank, including beneficial bacteria. If you pull wood out and smell it youíll know if itís releasing sulfide, has that backed up sewer line/rotting egg smell.

Boiling wood sounds like more work and hassle to me than just fixing tubs water conditions that their currently in and waiting 2-3 weeks.
The wood I showed is going inside a 50 gal which is being newly set up, it's my second tank, so there won't be any fish in there for a while as you can imagine, it's the same setup as my other tank, walstad, I haven't added water yet, just want to get everything right here first.

Can I use it for setting up the tank? Then use a temp filter to filter out any garbage in the water?
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I'm pretty sure that cycling the tank will also get that wood back to where it needs to be, from a bacterial perspective. And you're going to have all sorts of hitchhikers as well - fungus, mold, cyclops... Its not likely that you picked up anything harmful on the wood.
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Yes if tank is still bare with no substrate you can use it to cure/recondition wood. Just put on dim light and hook up filter with big bag of carbon or sheet of poly filter in it. Run it and change water and carbon for 2-3wks.
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Yes if tank is still bare with no substrate you can use it to cure/recondition wood. Just put on dim light and hook up filter with big bag of carbon or sheet of poly filter in it. Run it and change water and carbon for 2-3wks.
Awesome, I'll do this, thanks!
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