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Are tree stumps safe?

In the midst of setting up a new 90g tank, I ran across a small tree stump on the side of my house yesterday. I yanked it out of the ground, rinsed it off and discovered that it looks very cool! It has an interesting shape and a lot of character, IMHO. However, I've heard before that stumps are a bad idea because they can rot and foul up your water. I wanted to boil it, but its too large for any of our pots, so I partially submerged it in a 5g bucket, although its almost too large for that too. Any thoughts? I'll post a picture tonight if I think about it. Thanks.

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you might wanna pick up one of those big tubs from walmart for soaking. im not sure if it safe for your tank, we'll have to wait for someone else to reply.
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Do you know what kind of tree it was?
It will probably be okay if it is a hardwood, such as oak, ash, maple, but you might be in for problems if it is a softer wood such as pine. Even if you do not know the type of wood you can judge the hardness by the sound it makes when rapped on a hard surface, or how easy it is to cut.
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i tried that once with a huge (20"x 6" diameter) in when i set up a 35 gallon tank... it had been soaking for a week or so and it still leeched so many tannins in to the tank that i couldn't see through to the back.

i also steeped a couple pieces of what i think is lilac stump in a 2 gallon aluminum pot. i set it on the main heater in the house over the winter so when it got cold out, the pot got hot. i ended up having to fill it back up every day it got so hot, and the water was always yellow and smelled like piss. after about two months i had 2 small pieces (<8") of useable wood. it was kind of a pain in the beehind though. i'd just stick with rocks.
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