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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-29-2007, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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Preparing Driftwood (Questions)

I know I've seen various threads about this but I am wondering if somebody could clarify what I need to do exactly as I am boiling it.

Do I need to just leave it in the pot while it boils for some set time frame?

Or

Do I need to bring the water to a boil for a few minutes a time and pour off the water, then bring the next batch to a boil for set period of time and pour off (repeat "x" times?)


What has worked for you?

p.s. This is store bought driftwood that was supposedly heat treated but today when I got home it had some weird slimy funk growing on it?
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I have normally tried to boil it and change the water a few times until most of the tannins have leeched out. Some pieces require more boiling/cleaning than others

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Ok, thanks for the info...


Gosh, driftwood can really stink up the house lol. I had no idea.
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mine smelled like brewed herbs. boiled mine for about 1 hours, leave it there, then change the water at the next day. after that change the water everyday for about 3-4 days.


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i've tried boiling the wood and drenching it in hot water.

to be honest, if your really afraid of tannins. just boil some water and pour it over the wood bit by bit. scrubbing it at the same time.

it didnt release as much tannins into the water as it did when i boiled them for 5 mins.

however, purigen removes these tannins very effectively. mine cleared off in 2-3 days. and you don't see the yellowish tint until you use a super white bulb and observe the reflection from the panels of glass.
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If you can fit the piece into a large pot then boil it for a few hours, adding water as necessary. I let mine dry for a day or two then boil again to try and get as much tannins out as possible. For larger pieces emptying your water heater via the discharge valve and garden hose over it works well. Beware the hose gets really hot.


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Wow I must be lazy. I just brushed most of the dirt off and some of the bark...

I payed the price though. Between new aquasoil and all the fresh driftwood my tank looks like a cup of tea and I changed half the water once already since I set it up sunday night.

I might have to find some purigen, sounds like good stuff.


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Thanks for the info everybody, this is why I was asking about boiling it.

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This is store bought driftwood that was supposedly heat treated but today when I got home it had some weird slimy funk growing on it?
Hmmm, I know I didn't write "This is store" to start that sentance. I think this forum changes words to protect our identity or something.

Anyway I'm ok with the tannins for now, but its good info for future tanks.
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Thanks for the info everybody, this is why I was asking about boiling it.

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This is store bought driftwood that was supposedly heat treated but today when I got home it had some weird slimy funk growing on it?
Hmmm, I know I didn't write "This is store" to start that sentance. I think this forum changes words to protect our identity or something.

Anyway I'm ok with the tannins for now, but its good info for future tanks.
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The slimy goop is fungus, it will be there for a week or two, just brush it off with a clean unused toothbrush if it bothers you or gets too thick.

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I just went through this with some African root wood. The piece I wanted was already in a tank at my lfs but they sold it to me anyway. It had been in their tank for about six months. I went ahead and boiled it anyway in case there were any nasties hiding in there from the lfs and to leach out more of the tannins. The wood didn't exactly fit in this old pot I have but I found by covering the protruding piece completely in aluminum foil, the part that was not submerged was basically steamed. Then I flipped it a few times so the previously protruding piece was not submerged. After boiling about two hours, the water was not that discolored (probably since it was already in a tank for six months). After boiling, I also scrubbed it with a new, stiff toothbrush under running hot water to remove the algae, etc. from the lfs. It turned out real nice.

Good luck!
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