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Big Manzanita Troubles!! Help!!

Ok, apparently I left my manzanita wood in stagnant water for too long... because the water and wood smell similar to that of an outhouse. I've tried taking some wood out and cleaning the film of goo off of it, but to no avail, they still smell. Even after hot water. If I put some of the wood in my tank, will it make the tank smell, will it bounce back, or do I need to throw away $60 worth of manzanita? Is there any solution I could soak them in? I really need help, I can't believe I was so stupid!!!
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maybe a 20:1 water bleach solution???


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but wouldnt the bleach soak into the wood, then leech out into the aquarium water?
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How about getting a big rubbermade trash can and let it soak in water and everyday or everyother drain the water and see if this can soak out the smell

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that might work, IDK, I'm SO ANGRY I DID SOMETHING SO STUPID!
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I have done this also....it wasn't a big deal. Just pull it out and scrub it off and you can put it in a tank if you want. You may want to let it soak for a bit longer but it should be fine. If you have plecos they will happily scrap off any of the crappy stuff once you put it into a tank.
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all the crappy goo stuff is off, and they're really clean, but they smell terrible, salty, and gross... This wont make my tank smell? Will it go away after filtering and water changes?
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If you have a HOB put the wood in a rubbermade tub and fill the HOB with carbon that may work...


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Go with a bleach solution.

Soak for a couple of days.

Take the wood out and let it sit in the sun for another couple of days.

Make sure the smell of chlorine is gone before you place it back in the tank.

This should take care of it unless someone else chimes in.
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...bleach, then water, then dechlor, then water.
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...bleach, then water, then dechlor, then water.
Agreed. There's no danger of it leeching out if you dechlorinate. The nastiness you smell is bacteria feeding on all the nutrients left in the wood. If your tank is new and not in balance (aka cycling), you should follow epicfish's advice. If your tank is established, then it can probably handle the addition of a few nasty bugs, but if I were you, I would still bleach and dechlorinate.
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well, I cleaned the sticks with really hot water (209F). They are clean, dried out, and smell very faintly, just barely. I'm simply going to boil them for a little bit, and maybe put in a tiny bit of bleach, they seem to be useable now. Unless something else happens, I'm going to use them after said process. Thanks guys.
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Same thing happened to me. I bought a large supply of Manzanita for my 240g. At one point earlier this summer I test filled my tank and decided to put the manzanita in it (had already soaked outside for about a month changing the water 2-3X a week). Well, after the wood was in the tank for a week or two it started to grow some moldy lookin stuff and smell. Since nothing was running yet on the tank (filtration, lights, etc.) I knew it would be months before the tank would be running. I pulled the wood out, scrubbed it off with a large brush and a jet spray and its been dry now for a while. Once it dried out it no longer stinks, but the color looks severely faded. Hope they will look better once put back in the tank, which will be in a couple days.
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will a bleach solution fade the color? Cause I'm considering it. How would I dechlor?
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I would just stick it in my tank figuring that the tank would cycle and the bacteria causing the smell would go away.
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