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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-17-2020, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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How to treat collected driftwood

I have a couple of pieces of driftwood I wanted to put in my tank but just wondering the best way to prepare them before adding. They float so I値l have to attach to some sort of base. Also there are some softish spots where I can scrape or pick off wood with my nail, I was thinking about using a brass brush/wheel to sand down those areas and take off any loose material. I have already soaked in bleach water, but I知 not very concerned about infestations because they came from a saltwater beach. Any other recommendations?




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Looks like you've done all I would do. Do expect to get some flak from folks about using bleach as it is common for that when mentioned. Too many who don't understand , so they are afraid of it! I do lots of wood and bleach is simply tap water with much more chlorine, so the chlorine gasses off if we give it a chance. Let it dry until the smell is gone and that means all the chlorine has gassed off and when it stops getting in your nose!
How much loose wood to remove, kind of depends on how much you feel it will be a problem to chase down if it does come loose and float around in the tank. Looks good enough from here.
For holding down, I like screwing tile to the bottom so that I can better choose the angle, etc. but that does need a drill and masonry bit to drill the holes. Other times a few rocks on top will do nicely to hold it.
Nice wood should never be left on the shore to rot!
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Great idea about screwing it to tile. That should make it very easy for me to position correctly. I think I値l take off the outer layer of wood with a good sanding, it seems like the softer wood parts would be more likely to rot or grow fungus or something like that. I値l post a pic when I get it all done.


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Looking good, there! Progress always makes me feel better----even if I tear it down next week for an even better idea! Don't pass up the opportunity to gain some space for plants by going vertical on the wood.
Looks like you have several plants that might be good for super gluing to the wood to get them higher, if that suits your idea.
I hate seeing some of the required stuff like filter in and out, so one way to hide it is to find hollow wood or make a notch to fit around or over stuff like that and then planting on the vertical of the wood, kind of like a screen of greenery.
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This wood stuff becomes addictive!
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