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What's the verdict on self collected driftwood? Can you use it? Should it be boiled? If so, how long? Any types of wood to avoid? What about drift wood found at the beach - will boiling it make it safe to use? Thanks!

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Self collected driftwood is great!

If I understand those who have collected driftwood themselves they select hardwoods over softwoods. They boil the wood to disinfect it, and they soak it for a period to get it to sink.

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Momo is 110% correct!

I'm one of the driftwood collector myself... eventhough it is hard to find artistic ones.
(I found so many hardwood driftwood - but they all look like a baseball bat! - I guess nature took care of all the branches)

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One caution here. Silent Runnig lives in Seattle. I will bet that 95% of the driftwood he finds is going to be pine, fir, cedar, or hemlock. None of those are good choices for planted tanks.
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Man, during Labor Day weekend I went camping up in Sequioa and Kings National Park and we camped right next to Dorst Creek and there were plenty of great driftwood but I don't know why it never dawned on me to collect some. I'm really regretting it now!
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So, is beach drift wood ok then (i.e., out of saltwater)? Thanks for all the suggestions!

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Silent Running, it's okay as long as it makes sense.
Only collect from a clean place (don't go collecting near harbor or any other polluted area)

The most important thing is preparation - again, search button is your friend.
Driftwood preparation has been discussed so many times.

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i collected my driftwood from a local lake and i've had absolutely no problems with it. my fish (especially peckolitas) have been thrilled, and i haven't even seen any fungus spring up yet (always been a problem with store bought driftwood, IME).
My only problem was getting the bugger to sink. After I placed a few big rocks on top of it and tied it to suction cups stuck to the floor of the tank I could at least keep it under the surface of the water. For the first 2 weeks it was swinging in the tank like a helium ballon (even with the rocks on it) but it gradually lost its buoyancy, and now it stays on the bottom without the rocks altogether.


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I collect my own driftwood from clean rivers in mountains. Looking for wood that has been submerged in water for a long time, which makes it sink like a rock, and most/all the stuff has leached out. I just brush off the softest parts, which also cleans out most insect larvae etc. No need to bleach, boil or disinfect otherwise.


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i get my driftwoods from the beaches of lake Ontario (regarded as polluted several times in a year by the authorities)
i boil them several times in a huge stock pot (changing water often until boil-out is clear) before siliconing them on a slate. the slate goes under the substrate and holds the driftwood in place.
oldest tank with said driftwood is only a year being enjoyed by c.japonicas, ghost shrimps, golden algae eater, otos, z. danios and swordtails (oh! and by the way, bunches of glosso plant rooted on it)
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I collect my own driftwood from clean rivers in mountains.
Care to recommend me some places WP?
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