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Question Driftwood trouble, and otto question.

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I was browising previous threads about driftwood, and how it turns water yellow if there are tannins in the wood. My borther is a reptile freak, so i took a peice of driftwood out of his terrerium.I decided to soak it in bleach, and then in clean water for two days to rid of the bleach. (this was recommended by petsmart) The water my wood is soaking in hasnt turned yellow, so i was wondering if wood meant for terriums is also aquarium safe? (i got this idea, because my wood from my brother terrium wasnt turning ther water yellow)

Just wanted to double check, even though ive cleaned the wood.

One more unrelated question, do ottos also eat alagae of glass?

Sorry if that was confusing,
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Should be OK. You just don't want to be using soft wood. If it sinks without any additional help (slate) then you are good, I think. I use some that sank after a week in the aquarium that was meant for terrariums. It hasn't given me any problems.

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Hey,

Thank you for your help, its just one less thing to worry about!

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np, oh, and the other question, no, otos don't clean the glass that I've ever seen. Snails do to some extent, also Chaetostoma spp. (so-called rubberlip or rubbernose plecostomus) will a little, but nothing prevents me from having to run a scraper over the glass at wc time. The rubberlips are carried regularly at Petsmart in my area, and they stay small (unlike most plecs). I recommend them.

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My otos love cleaning the glass. It has some of that green hazy algae and a bit of hair and they munch away at it all day. My otos won't clean gravel though haha.

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