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So I live along Lake Michigan, could I....

Could I collect a few small pieces of driftwood for my planted tank, just some twigs or something. I should know better. I would never use the sand or water from the beach, I should know better than to use the wood along the beach....but could I??

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should be fine, just make sure to boil then hell out of them...

I had a customer at the shop get sand from the passaic river and boil it, put it in a cichlid tank and it worked great, so i don't really trust all the hype about not trusting rivers and lakes
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I was thinking about taking a trip to one of the lakes (probably Michigan) this summer, to see if I could find any driftwood I liked. You get some cool pieces that come up every once in a while.

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Isn't Houghton along Lake Superior? Pretty clean water up there

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I was actually thinking about collecting ALOT of sand from Lake Michigan this year for my '10 rescape...


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Not exactly the same thing but close I'm guessing. Living in Florida we have grass shrimp in our lakes. (LFS call them ghost shrimp) My son and I will net hundreds of them and when I get home they are placed in a 10g QT. Then fed 25-50 into each tank as treats to my angels. Easily thousands added over the years without issues in my aquariums. Also freshwater clams and small mussels along with an odd plant or three have been added into my low tech tank. I think if you look at it with common sense there is no more risk then buying from a LFS or chain store. It all comes from somewhere and the U.S.A. is now better then most at taking care of our waterways.


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Isn't Houghton along Lake Superior? Pretty clean water up there

Forgot to update. I do indeed live in houghton, but am working a contract job for 9 months in Sheboygan, WI. I am 2 blocks from Lake Michigan, can see it from my steps. I found a cool piece of driftwood, a branch in fact that wood have looked good in my tank. I'll go get it tomorrow. I saw a bunch of pieces out there that look great... I'll take some pics.

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I use sand, rocks and drift wood from my local area.
Just boil, dry out in the sun for months, etc...
over time anything will die.
never had a problem in 7yrs using a ton of the above.

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I have used driftwood from the great lakes with no problems. I have fund some amazing peices some to big to boil so I just used a steam pressure washer.

The hard part is getting them to sink some of them just wont even after a year of soaking.
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