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How do you store extra driftwood?

Hello, I have 5 pieces of driftwood (3 used, 2 unused) that I was storing in a garbage bag. I looked at them today, since I will be restarting my tank soon. One of the used pieces has started growing white mold on it. I know that I could scrape off the mold or soak the wood in bleach/water to kill the mold.

My question is, how do you prevent used driftwood from growing mold or otherwise going bad when you store it?

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I let it air dry. Even then putting it in a plastic bag is asking for mold.

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I keep them in cardboard boxes.


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Dry it out first. Then you can store it anyway you want.


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I keep it outside. Since a lot of the wood I get is from live plants, allowing it to be alternately wet (rain) and dry (sun) helps it age, and break down any toxins. Never had any mold when kept this way.
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I would wash it. Then leave the woods outside and let the sun dry it really good. Make sure you put it in a safe area...there's always critter (ant, bee, spider, or even snakes) like to hide under it.
That's why when the woods are dry enough. I will bring them in the house...can be put in the carton box but leave it open to the air. Or just find a place to show it. Some woods can look good for home decorations.
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Some woods can look good for home decorations.
And yard art! I have some wood that never got used in a tank. Looked so good where it was that it finally rotted in place!
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Ditto on the home decor as storage option. I've spare manzanita branches anchoring a large vase, a chunk of malaysian driftwood on the coffee table and a beautiful twisty mopani piece in a deep shadow box where it highlights (and provides raised areas of support for)a variety of accent pieces I routinely switch out to keep things fresh--coral, glass art pieces, shells, seed pods, etc.

The not-so-decorative stuff gets stored on a wire rack in the garage along with the rest of my aquarium stuff. BUT--house or garage, I don't spray anything toxic--or potentially so--without first clearing things out, doing a thorough wipe down of surfaces after and, of course, doing a thorough rinse of pieces before they ever go back in a tank.
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Just don't leave it on soil - that's asking for decomposition.
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I keep them in cardboard boxes.
This is where mine lives. Except they are covered in shredded paper. I do the same for my rocks as well to keep everything from shifting and damaging one another.

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