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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-24-2010, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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DIY Driftwood Roots

I just went for a walk today and noticed a tree with roots in/out of the creek. I went home got a small hand saw and cut it off... I don't know if I can use any of this or not but if so what would I have to do to them. They are rather large and for my 45g tank. I have been reading but have seen so many different methods. I know I have to take the rest of the bark off. No clear signs of bugs but what will I have to do to stop it from making a mess of my water/ killing my fish/plants. I don't even know if its a safe type of wood. Any thoughts?
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I'm not exactly sure about some of the reactions you might get from other members in regards to cutting off roots from a live tree...
Also, the roots look pretty water logged already, but they might need to 'dry' out first and 'cure' in a sense, since they were previously alive. Usually live limbs and what not release tannins and other elements into the water, hence why most driftwood collected locally is usually found dry, or well aged already.

If you do introduce it into the tank, I wouldn't add any fish for a while and keep an eye on your parameters and chemistry incase anything sketch shows up

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They were cut kinda far from any tree and close to one that was cut down a few months back. I believe it belongs to that one. So its a recently cut trees roots? That have been in and out of water for years. I left them outside today and just brought them to our basement. Going to do a little cleaning and soaking and cleaning and soaking. Probly will then let them dry then rewaterlog them. Probly some salt in the 1st few soaks? IDK anyone have any ideas? Thanks
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If it's from a live or even semi-live tree....not good. Unless there is a way to cure it which I couldn't tell you or not. I'm sure others may be able to advise.
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I've been thinking about it recently, and im not sure if a low oven temp (lets say around 200 F) for a few hours would dry out the wood & "cure" it.

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I use(and several here) fresh wood all the time. Sure, it will leach tannins, but if you are ok with that and particularly if you keep soft water species, there is little concern in this.

THere are lots of options for curing and speeding the tannin removal. Boiling is the fastest, soaking in water with oxyclean is recomended(or sodium bicarb) as it raises the ph which will remove the tannins quicker.

Search for curing driftwood and you will see lots of options.
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