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Driftwood, to use or not to use...


I forgot that a while back (4years) I bought this HUGE piece of driftwood and attempted to set up a rather large aquarium in my house...
There was a problem, after I had bought this large peice of driftwood and the tank, i literally couldnt get it in the house... SOOO.. it sat outside, for 4 years (until yesterday) in the yard, as "decoration"...

My question is, is it still safe to use?
I have no idea what kind it is, it has been sitting on dirt, there were a couple of bugs on it, and at the tips where it was weathered were a little degenerated so I broke those parts off.


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it probs is safe but i would not take any chances, there could be parisites on there so if i where you i would boil it before us in a tank
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boil it and you should be able to use it. post some pics we wanna see it.
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OR put it in the tank and dont ad fish and treat the tank for parasites. I have treated many rocks and wood that way.
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it probs is safe but i would not take any chances, there could be parisites on there so if i where you i would boil it before us in a tank
he couldnt get it in the house how big of a pot do you think he has?????? come on now hahaha
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in louisiana we have crawfish pots that can hold some very large pieces! we can boil 20lbs worth of large crawfish at a time, we can do a lot for boiling large objects.
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it probs is safe but i would not take any chances, there could be parisites on there so if i where you i would boil it before us in a tank
It is perfectly safe as long as fertilizer and pesticide have not been applied on it.

Where exactly do you think driftwood comes from?
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Pictures please! This DW sounds uber cool!


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"literally couldnt get it in the house... SOOO.. it sat outside, for 4 years" how big go crayfish get down there?
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well, they get pretty big down here. i had to have stitches after getting pinched by one and i have a nine inch one in the aquarium. imagine the pot you need for 20 pounds worth of nine inchers.
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jeez i have never seen one bigger then like 4 inches here
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must be a louisiana thing. we grow everything big here.
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well, they get pretty big down here. i had to have stitches after getting pinched by one and i have a nine inch one in the aquarium. imagine the pot you need for 20 pounds worth of nine inchers.
Is 20 lbs not 20 lbs, regardless of whether there are 20 9 inchers or 40 5 inchers?
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