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cedar for tank?

Hi TPT,
Has any one-use cedar in a tank before? I have found a couple of good pieces I would like to us. If I can use them, what is the fastest way to stop the water from tinting and how long will the wood take to sink?

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I've read of cedar being used, stumps specifically, but I have never used it myself.

Purigen is a very good way to remove the tannins from the water, carbon would work too, but may also remove some of your trace elements. Soaking or boiling, if the piece is small enough, is also a very good way to accelerate the leaching of tannins. It basically makes "driftwood tea" if you will.
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I'd be cautious of any woods with a high content of essential oils. Cedar shavings can kill a hamster!
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I believe cedar can, but like it was stated before, Ive only seen it.
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The best cedar to use would be some that has already fallen into a stream or another body of water. Boiling it should get rid of any unwanted inhabitants.

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I have several tanks set up with cedar driftwood (over 3 years old) that was purchased on a club collecting trip to FL. As long as the wood has been thoroughly weathered it is safe to use.

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I've used cedar as well with no ill effects other than some tannins for a bit.

As mentioned, soaking and boiling helps as does the dishwasher. (-detergent)


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Probably want to make sure one doesn't have any 'rinse agent' (Jet Dry,etc) in the dispenser either in cases where one uses the dishwasher.
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Thx for replies,
I did some research and found an article from adriftwood.com. They have stated that as long as it’s heat-treated and is true dead cedar it will be fine. As indiboi mentioned I will boil the cedar to accelerate the leaching of tannins. I have already had the wood soaking for 2 days. Two of the pieces are starting to sink and the water is starting to clear a bit. So after I boil it I should be good. Here’s some pictures of some of the Bermuda cedar that I will be using.

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I'd be cautious of any woods with a high content of essential oils. Cedar shavings can kill a hamster!
Hamsters are not fish are they?
I, as well as Tampa Bay Aquarium, have used cedar, southern swamp ceder, for many years.

So it's likely the same stuff there where you are at(Bermuda).


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