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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-12-2003, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, I have given up on trying to find a piece of freshwater driftwood. I live on an Island (as many of you know) that has many lakes, but the pollution is, well, less then optimal. Many of the lakes I have surveyed don't have a lot of driftwood in them, and those that do appear to be rotted out (lots of soft wood on this island).

Now the logging industry in this province once yielded a tremendous amount of lumber for export, so our beaches are COVERED in wood. In some cases there is more wood then sand from the old log jams. I am now searching for a piece of Ocean driftwood large enough for my 135 Gallon loach tank.

I am planning on curing this piece of wood in my tank with a soil substrate. Hopefully 2 months of soaking should leach out enough salt that it wont have too many problems when I add fish.


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You do not need to wait that long. If you have a cooler (fishing, ice chest) that is large enough to fit the driftwood in, no problem.

Just boil water in a couple dutchovens and keep pouring over the driftwood in the cooler. Do not bother draining water just allow it to over flow from the cooler. As you can tell it is best done outside.

After a few days of doing this there will not be any sizeable amount of salt in the driftwood and the little bit in there will benifit your tank. You will have also killed any nasties that would be on or in the wood.
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Well.. I am looking for a piece around 4 feet long... And I am curing the soil for 2 months before adding fish anyway so its not a problem :-)


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