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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-31-2011, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Finding driftwood?

I have this tree branch that got knocked off a tree on our side yard during the hurricanes (2004 I believe)I kept it because it was sort of neat looking branch.....I have used it for a few things...I had the outside hose hung on it for awhile...then it propped up tomato plants in my garden (I don't use pesticides or chemicals)...Now it has been sort of just leaning against a wall in my storage. Do you think I could use it as a piece of driftwood in my tank if I boiled it and scraped off the bark?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-01-2011, 01:32 AM
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What kind of tree did it come off of? Crepe myrtle maybe? In any case, as long as you haven't been spraying junk on it and it's not from an evergreen, it ought to be OK after boiling and such. It takes a lot of boiling to get all (or even most) of the tannins out.
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I would let it sit in a tub of water outside for a while, scrap the bark off, check if there is anything weird going on, boil it if nothing's out of the ordinary, throw a few cheap fish in a tank with it and then you can decide from there depending on if the fish die or not.

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I've used branches. They slowly decay (over a couple years) and take forever to sink. Otherwise, I never had any trouble.

Some carbon in the filter will take care of any tannins if you don't care for tea water. I like it in some tanks and not others.

I believe it will also tend to soften and acidify the water. (but, my memory is notoriously sketchy )
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I always use wood I find outside. I think spending $70 or more for wood is ridiculous. Just look in your backyard for free.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-04-2011, 06:01 PM
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Since this branch has already been aging for a few years, I would not bother removing the bark, or boiling it. All the tannins are probably already leached out. Just soak it until it sinks. Hold it down under the water with a few rocks. Try a garbage can or child's wading pool. Anything large enough to prop up tomato plants will not fit in a pot to boil it.
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