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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-10-2006, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Burnt Wood?

I found some wood in a forest area near lake michigan. It was sorta burnt. I took it home and rubbed it with sand paper until I got most of the ash off it. Right now it is sitting in a bucket in my back yard. I will change the water every day until the water is clear, and the wood sinks.

Now here is my question, would the peice of wood harm my tank water in any way?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-10-2006, 10:21 PM
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If its dry to the core its probably ok............Ive heard that really there are only a few species of cedar that shouldnt be put into aquariums.......

If you can keep the black look I think it would be cool lookin.....
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I found out where I got it near lake michigan, is called "tree graveyard." Still trying to figure out what type of wood it is though...
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I don't think the burnt wood would hurt anything. Don't people use wood ashes in garden beds? Not that thats any clue as to wether or not its fish safe.
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Ash contains a lot of phosphates - be sure to check that it isn't leeching these into the water before you put it in your tank.


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I thought wood ashes contained potassium instead of phosphates? I base this on listening to my dad tell me about making soap as a kid - they used wood ashes for potash, as I recall. In any case it shouldn't matter, because the ashes would wash off easily, leaving mostly charcoal behind, and that isn't harmful to the fish.

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Thanks for the help.

I am probably just going to keep the wood out there for about a month, and then fill my bathtup with boiling water, and boil the wood. I don't want to get rid of the wood, it is really interesting.
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It should be fine. If you want when all the soaking is finally done and you are just about ready to put in the tank you can put it in a bucket of water and test the parameters to see if there are any changes- better in the bucket then in the fishtank right?

you'll have to post some pics if you can too, I'm curious.
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I'll post some pics when its in the tank.
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