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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-03-2005, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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Treating a large piece of wood

After losing all but one of my goldfish to fungus last week, I disinfected the tank and decorations, and am now starting to set up again. I have a long, curved piece of wood (a little like a bow) that's 2 - 3 feet long. I've sanded it to remove sharp edges, and thoroughly disinfected it. I had it soaking in an old tank until that developed a leak and flooded the floor I.m now not sure how to sink it, other than putting it straight in the goldfish tank and filling it up. I've been told that boiling it will help, but this is a pretty big piece of wood.

Any suggestions appreciated!
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I had a large piece that wouldnt fit into any pots I had, or my sink. I put it in one of those rubbermaid containers - the large ones - and covered it with boiling water. HTH...


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Someone in an earlier thread suggested putting it in the dishwasher (without soap of coarse). I tried it and was very well pleased. It worked fine for me but the only thing you can do is try, if you are so inclined.

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I have a large oak stump section for my 90 gallon, I went out and bought a galvinized 30 gallon garbage can sealed it with in/outdoor silicon riged up a stand and boiled it over a fire pit. Worked very well for the sinking, but I still have a Lot of tannin to get out, the water looked like molassis
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I filled the tank and put the wood in the other day. It's weighed down with rocks at either end, and so far is not floating, growing fungus or leaching tannins, guess we'll have to wait and see. I'm prepared to be patient with this, but am itching to get it covered with java fern and repopulated. Thanks for the tips, btw

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