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Safe way to color a branch ...

hey gang ...
is there a safe way to add some color to this branch? or do you guys think it will color up when wet and underwater? it occured to me that i could probably take a torch to itand then scrub it but im not sure if that will make it unsafe for the fish. any thoughts / ideas?

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I had some light colored spider wood darken up considerably over about two weeks. I was pretty surprised.

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Yeah, it's going to darken once the cells get waterlogged. I'd wait and see what happens before trying dyes or paints.





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You might soak it in water that is very high in tannins, but they would come back out, I think, when you put it in the tank.
Several kinds of oak leaves, twigs and bark are rich in tannins. If you can get some, try Quercus douglasii, the Blue Oak. Makes the water such a deep wine red you cannot see into it.
If that does not stain your wood, I do not know what might, and still be safe for fish.
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Patience.... It will darken on its own.

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thank you guys ...
will wait it out a little then. i have a feeling also that some time submerged might do the trick.
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Soak it in tea?


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tea = tannic acid.
I think oak bark is better.
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Waterlogged wood will return to the normal color and change back to light if it dries again. Since there are signs that it is not totally dry yet, you may find some tannin when you add it . Tannin is often found in the layer just between the bark and the actual wood.
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I imagine it varies some from one type of wood to another, but I've had several pieces of wood that were initially very light in color, and after a month or so in the tank darkened considerable.

Also, I don't think I've ever seen very light-colored driftwood in an established tank.

I'm with everyone up above, in that the wood will probably darken up on it's own once it's been in the tank a while.
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Yep, my manzanita branches were ghost white on delivery. The intial week's soak knocked 'em back to beige and now, after another week or so in the tank, they're starting to visibly darken. In the next few months' time they'll be pretty much indistinquishable from the pieces that have been in there for years.
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This is where I pick a lot of my wood. Note that it is almost all totally white/grey.


This is the wood after I do a bleach soak and let it water log.


Pieces labeled "A,C, and D" are on the top left but have dried a bit more.


Wood does change colors when wet. In fact that is one primary way to judge how dry "found wood" might be when you are out collecting.

Sorry but I do not ship wood.
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