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driftwood sludge = death

soooo i just happened to be out in the garage feeding the fish (yes, the fish tank it in the garage. we had a slight scare of thinking the tank was leaking and moving it outside...fun times), and i happened to look at my new tank and remember the driftwood i bought a good 4/5 months ago that had been soaking in the same water for a month or two, maybe 3....

so i go over and open the bucket. and this smell hits me. smell like rotting...something, and salt water. there was this thick film on the surface of the water, and it was black. i dumped out the water, and there was another layer of slime/sludge/nastyness on the bottom of the bucket. the driftwood is also slimy, and rubs off black goo if scrubbed enough.

have i just killed 2 perfectly lovely pieces of driftwood?????
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You can always start over as long as the wood is not rotten. Blast it with bleach and hydrogen peroxide and scrub the sludge and resoak for a couple of weeks.
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Nah, its fine. I would boil it. I store mine in stagnant sealed tubs and they always look and smell like that. I boil them and rub them with a pot scubber lightly and they work out just fine.

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You can always start over as long as the wood is not rotten. Blast it with bleach and hydrogen peroxide and scrub the sludge and resoak for a couple of weeks.
how do you know if it's rotten? also, wouldn't it soak up the bleach and leak it back out in the tank??

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Nah, its fine. I would boil it. I store mine in stagnant sealed tubs and they always look and smell like that. I boil them and rub them with a pot scubber lightly and they work out just fine.
yay, more scrubbing....
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I have always thought that by boiling it your destroy the structure of the wood and thus increasing the chance of rotting and shortening the lifespan of the wood in the aquarium.

I would just scrub it so that the soft layer is gone and then give it a good wash (only water!).

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i guess i'll try scrubbing it tomorrow and see how that turns out, hopefully it can be saved
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Once you expose it to oxygen, the anaerobes will die off. Hydrogen peroxide will supply plenty of oxygen as will air. Even if you use a 10% chlorine bleach solution, the sodium hypochlorite will break down to plain salt once the wood drys out again.

Do not mix hydrogen peroxide with chlorine bleach. The reaction will release deadly gas.

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