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FInding natural (Free) driftwood in Miami?

I am originally from the north where I could go outside and find great rocks, wood, etc - down here I am unsure as to A.) Wont rot, B.) Is safe to put into my tank. I am thinking mangrove tree roots.

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Mangrove roots would be great but not sure if that's legal. You can sterilize any wood to make it safe. Any hard wood will work and won't rot.


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Mangrove roots would be great but not sure if that's legal. You can sterilize any wood to make it safe. Any hard wood will work and won't rot.
How do you go about sterilizing the wood? Boiling it?
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How do you go about sterilizing the wood? Boiling it?
Boiling if it is small enough (or you have a ginormous pot to boil it in lol) or soak it in a tub with hydrogen peroxide.


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Or you can just let it sit in the sun for a few days...UV light + being dry is just as good as boiling.
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Yeah, sun dry for a few months will do.. You need to strip off any bark too. They'd just peel off in your tank otherwise.

Oh, the tree has to be dead for a year or so. The chemicals/resin in the tree can be toxic so give it time to break down.


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