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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-09-2008, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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Driftwood and cholo question

Newbie here with a couple of questions. First I have some driftwood, don't know what kind, to put it into my tank, do I just need to boil it? Do I need to do anything else to it? Secondly, I have some cholo (spelling?) spines (the inner parts that remain after the cactus dies and rots). I was using them for craft projects. Anyway are these safe to add to the tank? I have ordered some moss and other plants, some of which it was recomended to be tied to something. If no one know about the spine, does anyone know how to check them? Thanks Garry
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1. Driftwood: Boiling it will help kill baddies and start releasing the tannins. You can soak it for awhile, like days/weeks, and keep changing the water too. It doesn't always turn your tank water colors, but it can.

2. Somebody say cholo?

sorry, couldn't resist. I don't know anything about the safety of cactus so I can't really tell you. But being that it's in the desert, it's not really meant to be floating in water somwhere.

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Cholla? gee, never tried spelling it before. I think it would be safe, but might not hold up well in water. I guess if it made it through boiling, it would probably be durable enough. Would look great, though!
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So far my test of the cholla Cactus skeleton wood. Is comming a long fine. I boiled it and then placed it in my QT it has not softened nor done anything strange. I have seen this used in contest tanks but was not sure how long it had been in their tanks. Mine was submersed in Nov. and has not killed the platy's that lives in my QT.
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