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Brown and sticky (Pic included)

So I bought some driftwood from the lfs today and the guy told me I could boil it or not, it wouldn't matter. Well I decided to boil it today to kill anything I might introduce into my tank. Well after a couple hours I noticed a brown VERY sticky substance floating on top of the water and a distinct (Smelly) odor.

I scooped out the substance as best I could but had to take it outside as the smell was just too much. It was still leeching out sticky stuff (Sap maybe?) and I went ahead and rinsed it off in freshwater outside.

I included a pic for those interested and would love some feedback before I put this thing in my tank and possibly kill everything in it.

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You boiled it for a couple hours??? That is way too long lol
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Yes nice to know , any long term effects I should worry about?
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Honestly I don't know but I would think not.
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I think it should be sap or something. Should be safe now that you did boil the DW though. I would just soak it again in some water, dump that out, and then use it in your tank to be extra certain. I can't see anything harmful withstanding boiling and still being lethal though.

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And lots of people boil for several hours, especially on larger pieces. But it'll be more at a rolling boil.

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I boiled some Cholla today, but I would fill the pot with cold water after cleaning the wood with a stiff brush to remove surface debris, then I boil it for 30 to 45 minutes and let it cool for 15 before dumping the water and rinsing the wood, I repeat this until the wood sinks and the water is fairly clear. But I can see all that goo coming out of a piece from a nasty river or something that had to be dug out of the mud, I doubt that it's sap because that would be clear, but mostly I think you boiled a little to long and got some goo concentrate.

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I have a pretty piece of wood but part of it still has bark on pieces of it itis it ok to use or sould I take the bark off , I have been soaking it for about a month and it is sinking now, please let me know what you think
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Thanks for the tips guys/gals. I have scrubbed rinsed, scrubbed boiled and rinsed some more. Now I am letting it soak for a bit to get it to sink as I don't have anything to attach it to to keep it at the bottom.
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Yea I get that a lot @[email protected] I'm on the computer nearly 24/7 since I write computer models a lot. And it's always a nice break to sign onto this forum and browse around . I type pretty darn fast too, if I do say so myself

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I have a pretty piece of wood but part of it still has bark on pieces of it itis it ok to use or sould I take the bark off , I have been soaking it for about a month and it is sinking now, please let me know what you think
I think bark should be fine. If you haven't placed the wood in your tank yet I'd boil it just to be safe (the bark might come off due to boiling anyway).

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