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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-12-2018, 06:06 AM Thread Starter
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Question about driftwood

So I found some driftwood on a beach and I've been soaking them in hot tap water for about a week now. They were all floating in the beginning but now they are fully waterlogged and tannin shouldn't be a big problem either.
My question is does hot tap water contain chlorine? Is the driftwood safe to directly transfer from the hot tap water bucket to the aquarium? If the hot tap water DOES contain chlorine and the wood soaked all of it, how do I treat the wood to get rid of the chlorine?
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So I found some driftwood on a beach and I've been soaking them in hot tap water for about a week now. They were all floating in the beginning but now they are fully waterlogged and tannin shouldn't be a big problem either.
My question is does hot tap water contain chlorine? Is the driftwood safe to directly transfer from the hot tap water bucket to the aquarium? If the hot tap water DOES contain chlorine and the wood soaked all of it, how do I treat the wood to get rid of the chlorine?
Add some dechlorinator to the water with the drift wood in it and let it soak for a week. The chlorine should be neutralized and any left should not be enough to cause any harm to your aquarium.
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It takes some local checking to know if tap water has chlorine which is easy or the somewhat more difficult chloramine. If it is from a supplier, it may be treated with either but there should also be info available from them as to which.
The difference being that the chlorine is easy and will just gas off as things dry while the chloramine is set up to stay in the water longer and therefore less is used but treating with a dechlor will do for either if needed or in doubt. If only chlorine, just letting it dry will do the trick .
One of the easy ways to make sure "found" wood is safe is to do a bleach soak and then let it dry to clear the chlorine. The chlorine is good for this as it reacts with any organic material it meets. Things like fungus, bugs, dirt, oil, and the wood itself. So don't fall for the story of it soaking in and coming out later to kill the fish! Keeping chlorine from reacting with wood is like storing fire in a cardboard box! It reacts until one or the other is all gone!
Just don't get the bleach on your clothing as it is also organic and will not have a good reaction ---unless you do want holes in the pants!!
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