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Beach Driftwood

I live in Hawaii and spend a lot of time at the beach and often times come across nice pieces of driftwood. I was wondering if I were to soak the wood in a diluted chlorox and water solution and then boil it two or three times to kill all parasites and bacteria and to get rid of the all the salt would it be safe to use in a planted tank with fish? To hold the pieces of driftwood down I plan to glue it down to a piece of glass with silicone adhesive made for aquariums.

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That seems like over kill to me. I think soaking in freshwater twice thoroughly then letting dry in the sun would be sufficient. The salt would leach out in the fresh water and any bacteria that formed before or after the soaking would be killed in the sun.

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Just boiling should be sufficient; I didn't even do that. There's little to worry about since most SW organisms won't make it in FW.
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if there is enough, I would love to buy some from you. From Hawaii the shipping would prob be crazy high though...
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if there is enough, I would love to buy some from you. From Hawaii the shipping would prob be crazy high though...
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Thanks for all the great replies. Looks like I'm off to gather some driftwood this weekend. I think I'll try soaking it in boiling water followed by a rinse and short soak in tap water, and then a thorough drying in the sun. Once I get it all set up I'll try posting some pics.
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I haven't been in the hobby long but I picked up some driftwood from a freshwater river near me to use in my tank. The biggest issue I noticed was the tannins that were in the wood. It took a long time of boiling to get rid of them, about an hour and a half. Course I didn't have a big enough pot so I did what fit then flipped them to get the other side. Once boiled I scrubbed them with a brush and attached suction cups to the bottom to hold them down. I used cheap suction cups and after about a year in the tank they don't hold like they used to. I have to be very careful not to bump the wood when cleaning.

I found this as a reference: http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/driftwood.php

I didn't change the water in the middle of boiling..that prolly would have made it quicker!
Here is a pic shortly after I put it in the tank.


BTW what kind of Toyota do you drive? As my name gives away I have a 91 Toyota MR2 Turbo.
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