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Are these safe to use?

I went hiking the other day and found some wood in a local creek. I have no idea what kind it is and I'm not sure if that's important. I was going to bake them at like 300 degrees for a while and then boil them to make sure that everything in them is dead. Is that enough to make them safe? Anyone's advice would be appreciated!
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Looks very similar to some wood I've used. Does it have an outer bark then a very thin skin like stuff under that needs to be peeled off? If so I've used it with no ill effects.


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I wouldn't bake them, just pour boiling water over them a few times. Baking would dry them out more, and they need to be saturated with water as well as having unpleasant occupiers killed.

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For the most part there's no bark on them I assume it all washed off in the water over time. And thank you for that advice about not baking it that makes sense. Now the only problem I see is trying to get them to sink
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Get the rest of the bark off, and they should be fine after you boil them. Tying a rock to them is about the only way to be sure they sink, unless you want to attach slate or something, or maybe a suction cup and hook them on the back glass.
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For the most part there's no bark on them I assume it all washed off in the water over time. And thank you for that advice about not baking it that makes sense. Now the only problem I see is trying to get them to sink
Look at the first page of my fallen tree branch journal (link is in my signature) for another way to fasten wood. It's worked out really well, and holds it in place so it never shifts/moves on you. Unfortunately, if your tank is already started, this may not be an option for you. It could still work though... just depends on how heavily planted you are.


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Look at the first page of my fallen tree branch journal (link is in my signature) for another way to fasten wood. It's worked out really well, and holds it in place so it never shifts/moves on you. Unfortunately, if your tank is already started, this may not be an option for you. It could still work though... just depends on how heavily planted you are.
I haven't set it up yet so that could actually work thats a great idea. I think I'm going to give that a shot. But I have a potentially stupid question....where could I find egg crates like that?
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Home Depot/Lowes or many hardware stores. Look in the lighting department.
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Home Depot/Lowes or many hardware stores. Look in the lighting department.
Or next to the hanging ceiling grid parts. That's where mine was at HD.


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