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Maybe a stupid question here......I've been soaking my driftwood and cholla wood for over a month in a five gallon bucket changing the water periodically...Do I still need to boil it? I thought the boiling was to speed up the wood's ability to sink (it has sunk) but now from reading, I wonder if there is something I might need to kill before introducing to my low tech lowlight tank....Comments? Recomendations?
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Boiling can do several things:
If the wood came from a wet source (river, lake) boiling is one way to kill possible pathogens. If the wood came from a dry source, a land plant that never fell into the lake, then water born pathogens that attack fish are not likely to be found in or on the wood.
Boiling can help remove tannins a bit faster.
Boiling can help the wood soak in water faster, so it sinks faster.

After a month of soaking with plenty of water changes I would not bother to boil it.
If it is still giving off too many tannins, then OK, boil it, and see if that helps.
If it has not sunk by now, (I understand yours has) it will probably never sink, so figure out how to attach it to some kind of base that will be buried in substrate.
A month without a host can kill many pathogens, but it is up to you how comfortable you feel about the source and whether you are ready to add the wood to a tank.

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I have never boiled any of my wood. It's not a requirement. I'd only boil it if I felt a need to sterilize it due to concerns of pathogens. Absent those concerns, boiling the wood is merely an option you can choose if you want to do it, but skip if you don't want to do it. My wood is always too big to boil so I always skip it.

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Boiling just shortens the life of the wood and removes beneficial tannins...
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