Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: American Fork, UT
i wouldnt reccomend just tossing it in the tank now... its hard becuase usually you want things to speed up lol if your like me at least... but with wood you find you want to take your time, tannins will leach into your water for quite a while, even with water changes it will take a very long time..... to speed it up, boil the wood for 12 hours then let it soak in hot water over night and see how much coloration there is, if its still leaching tannins, boil for another 12, changing the water every 30 minutes or so.... but make sure the wood was found in a clean water source, if chemicals soaked into the wood this will cause a problem for your tank and fish... try the vinegar test on it to see if it fizz's if the wood is too big to fit in any pots to boil, what i tend to do for the larger peieces i find is throw them in a bath tub, weigh it down with slate or rocks, and i using boiling water, as soon as it cools i drain and refill.... i have had wood that stopped leaching within a few days this method, but also some that looked bone dry have taken up to a month or two to soak and boil till i felt it was safe..... a good test you can do is soak for 24 hours, use a hard bristle brush and rub the crap out of it releasing the softer wood, then resoak and do over again.....
i collect lbs and lbs or driftwood and river wood every other month, soak and treat for a month to two months and then use them in my tanks or sell them, but always make sure they are safe before you put them in any tank... GOOD LUCK!!
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