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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-30-2007, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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How to kill anything

No, this will not tell you how to kill anythings, though if done wrong I might kill something I did not want to, or add something which kills everything else in my tank, so I will ask.

I found some wood near a stream when I was hiking two weeks agao. I love the style and thought it would look great in the tank. Took it home and put in a bucket of water and ofcourse iit floated as it was sunbaked dry. Now after about 2 weeks of soaking and changing the water a few times it has sunk, though does have a little sliminess to the wood now.

What I was wondering is how can I make sure there is nothing in it that will harm my tank (live organizisms etc). Can't boil it due to the shape and size, so what is the other option. Just soaking in water can't work, right? Do I add salt? What is the process, please help,..
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I've never done this before so I couldn't tell you from experience, but I have heard that others place the wood in the bathtub or outside, boil some water and pour it over the wood, repeating as necessary. Hope that helps

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Soaking it in a strong bleach solution will kill most organisms.

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If it was sunbaked dry theres probably very little alive in the wood. It is probably safe as is. I recently collected some wood and all I did was let it soak in very hot tap water then put it in the tank. It's been in there for a couple weeks now and I haven't noticed any critters. The tank is pretty empty still so I'm sure I'd notice.

The only really affective way to kill and critters burrowed in the wood, that I can think of, is heat. Maybe just fill the bucket with boiling water (or near boiling), cover, and let it soak for an hour or two.

The wood is most likely safe as is. Just do a hot water rinse to kill anything that may have grown while in the bucket.
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If it was sunbaked dry theres probably very little alive in the wood. It is probably safe as is. I recently collected some wood and all I did was let it soak in very hot tap water then put it in the tank. It's been in there for a couple weeks now and I haven't noticed any critters. The tank is pretty empty still so I'm sure I'd notice.

The only really affective way to kill and critters burrowed in the wood, that I can think of, is heat. Maybe just fill the bucket with boiling water (or near boiling), cover, and let it soak for an hour or two.

The wood is most likely safe as is. Just do a hot water rinse to kill anything that may have grown while in the bucket.
i had some wood that would not fit in any boilable pot so i just found a container large enough to hold it, boiled water on the stove in the 4 largest stove-safe pots i had and dumped it all on the wood. did it a couple times and then covered it. well the thing still leeched brown for 2 weeks of soaking so i went to good old wal-mart, found a HUGE tamale steaming pot thing that holds close to 10 gallons and boiled the wood in that. worked like a charm! how large is this piece of wood?
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I've let wood soak in extremely salty water for several weeks then rinsed and never have had any problems from collected wood. I agree with lemonlime though, if it was completely dry then it may be ok.

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I boil my wood as a lot of people here are suggesting. I don't boil mine on the stove, I use the Turkey deep fryer!

Lets face it, it's gotta get more than once a years use!

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I've heard of people "baking" wood in the oven for about 1/2-1 hour for pieces to large to boil. I don't know what temp they used but I would imagine it was relatively low.
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And here I was wondering if this had to do anything with Everclear alcohol .

Like it has been said, boiling is key.


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freezer works pretty good. so does fire but that kinda defeats the purpose

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Thanks fr the suggestions. Since I livein Taiwan now I don't have an oven, so the bucket adding boiling water shoudl work. Currently the wood is sitting in a 66 l bucket and reaching outof the top. It is not that the wood is big, just that the branches are long and go in many directions, making it hard to fit anywhere.

Wouldn't bleach soak into the wood and later come out in the tank?
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I've let wood soak in extremely salty water for several weeks then rinsed and never have had any problems from collected wood. I agree with lemonlime though, if it was completely dry then it may be ok.
Agree with the brine, especially if it is a bigger piece. I soaked mine in a 45G drum until it became waterlogged (about 8 weeks). The brine kills mosquito larvae as well. I soaked mine in fresh water (with regular changes) for two weeks after the salt soak. BTW, is anyone in the Toronto area looking for a BIG piece of driftwood? Pretty cool looking piece. PM me.

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You can run it through a laundry machine without soap, or even a dishwasher. Has worked for me. I have have collected completely dry wood that was full of bugs

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Thanks fr the suggestions. Since I livein Taiwan now I don't have an oven, so the bucket adding boiling water shoudl work. Currently the wood is sitting in a 66 l bucket and reaching outof the top. It is not that the wood is big, just that the branches are long and go in many directions, making it hard to fit anywhere.

Wouldn't bleach soak into the wood and later come out in the tank?
Soak it in the same bucket with a large amount of de-chlorinator solution in the water. Let it de-chlorinate for at least one week and change the solution in the middle of the week.

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I wouldn't suggest soaking the wood in bleach.

But if you do for whatever reason, do re-soak the wood for a good long time with dechlorinator.

The worst case scenario you will get insect larvae. I've never read about anyone introducing some exotic plant/fish destroying virus or bacteria into an aquarium. There are plenty of threads on this forum where people have pulled waterlogged submersed wood from a lake and put it straight into the tank.

hot water, place in tank. Your aquarium is a thick soup of microorganisms and bacteria. It's alive!

Just flip the wood around or pour some hpt water over the branches, and quit worrying!
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