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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-31-2011, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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I was wondering if it would be easier to find and cut off a branch from a tree and boil and soak it for drift wood or would it be better to look and find one by the river where i am at and boil and soak it.....

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If you want to be on the safe side, use wood that has been dead for a long time. I'd do the river route instead of the other, but then again you should think about the nasties the wood has collected over time. Lots of boiling, scrubbing, h2o2, and rinsing.

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Ok, I can do the river route, it makes more sense to me because the wood might be less prone to rotting in the tank because it has been exposed to sitting in water more, and be water logged, thanks!
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agreed, dead wood that had long exposure to water is ideal. green wood can work as well but you have to be more careful about the type.


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Be carefull that you don't get evergreen wood of any type. Cedar is the worst because it has oils in it to prevent decay, unfortunately they also prevent fish life (ask me how I know). I usually collect driftwood, and soak it for a month or two, scrubbing once a week, and then soak it overnight in a light bleach solution, scrubbing, and then soaking for a few days adding declorinator once a day. Works very well for me.
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Thanks for the tip we have those here so i will look out for them!
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Be carefull that you don't get evergreen wood of any type. Cedar is the worst because it has oils in it to prevent decay, unfortunately they also prevent fish life (ask me how I know). I usually collect driftwood, and soak it for a month or two, scrubbing once a week, and then soak it overnight in a light bleach solution, scrubbing, and then soaking for a few days adding declorinator once a day. Works very well for me.
not necessarily true...
refer to these threads
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ge...od-ok-use.html
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ge...nted-tank.html
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ge...driftwood.html
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ge...driftwood.html

Oak and other hardwoods are gonna be your best and safest bet though.


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what I did was found a piece of submersed drift wood and let it completely dry for about a month so no parasites remain. and then soak it for a couple months to get rid of the tannins. make sure to take the bark off. I also sprayed it down with a power washer
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