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Using old driftwood

I am currently taking down my 140G marine aquarium to convert it freshwater.

I have some old driftwood from my old 30g turned sump. The darker piece has been living in a pile of beams and boards in the carport for the last 2 years. The other 2 have been living in a pile of old aquarium rocks in the garden covered in about a meter of snow for the last half year.

Aside from some old spiderwebs there does not seem anything wrong with it from what I can tell, though the darker piece does have some white specks on it. It all feels solid and I gave it a good rinse with a waterhose.

Can I put this into the aquarium or should I treat it in some way first?

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Most either boil them and/or disinfect with hydrogen peroxide. Considering how big they are, I would dump a few large pots of boiling water over them, and treat them to a peroxide bath.
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Dumping boiling water on them isn't going to do anything useful or necessary.
If you know their history, and especially if they've already been in your tank before, just rinse and submerge.
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Thanks . All set now to start figuring out what piece should go where.
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I'd probably drag them in the shower and scrub them with a brush, but I imagine using a hose with decent pressure would have about the same effect.


Other than that, I can't really see any problems (and that's not really a problem, I just wouldn't want spiders/webs in my tank).

I also think boiling/disinfecting is unnecessary - not harmful or anything, just seems like a waste of energy to me.
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Personally, I never have unless there was a specific reason to do so. They are full of bacteria colonies and help in seeding a new tank, as long as they aren't dried out first...
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