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driftwood rotting

No matter what I do everytime I lay driftwood on the substrate or slightly bury it sooner or later it bubbles and smells of sewers, is there anything I can do to stop this, considering abandoning the use of wood.
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I have had the same 3 pieces of drift wood in my tank for the last 6 years and have no problems maybe it is the kind of wood you are using. Where are you getting it from?
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What type of wood are you using? I think the harder the wood the less rotting occurs.
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God knows what wood it is, I bought it from my LFS looks like a root to me, I'm just going to remove it, thanks though.
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What type of wood are you using? I think the harder the wood the less rotting occurs.
+1 a good hardwood shouldn't rot that fast in the substrate.
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Are you certain it's the wood? Is there any chance food/detritus/waste is getting trapped underneath it? Does it do this when soaking in a bucket by itself, or only in the tank?

Wood shouldn't have much of an odor when it does decay - it's almost entirely carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, there is very little sulfur (compared to say, food, feces, dead critters, etc.) available to produce strong-smelling compounds.

It might be worth taking it out and giving it a good boil or two, and seeing what happens.
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Sorry didn't see the post, I've taken it out now anyway and I won't be using wood any more, I'll just use rock or something, thanks!
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Sorry didn't see the post, I've taken it out now anyway and I won't be using wood any more, I'll just use rock or something, thanks!
If you don't want to give up on the wood, try boiling it for an hour (if it will fit in a cooking pot) you can also post a photo to see if anyone can identify the type.

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This is caused by softwoods. Not all driftwood that is sold in stores is of the hardwood variety. I have the same thing with a piece I bought for 80$ back when I was younger and stupid. Over the years it has gotten smaller with the same issues you have listed.

Now I go for hardwoods only, and haven't had any issues.

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yea it must be soft wood go for hard wood sorry to hear that it stinks no pun inteneded
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Yeah, took it out, scrubbed it and poured boiling water on it multiple times and scrubbed again, I think my parents would be a bit annoyed if I started boiling bits of wood haha, Yeah is probably a soft wood, at the risk of sounding stupid I can snap it by hand despite it being quite thick, would that indicate its a soft wood?, starting to very much distrust the shops around here haha, keep screwing me over!
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