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Driftwood with Bark Falling Off

I have kind of an odd problem. My tank has been set up for a few months now and recently I've noticed some brown dots with lighter wood underneath. When I rub these spots they fall off and whiteish wood is underneath. The wood is Manzantia boughten off a person that sells it on both ebay and AquaBid. What should I do? Do I leave it? Or pull it out and scrub everything off?
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Depends, does it bother you? If so then yea you can pull it out and pressure wash or scrub the crap out of it to get all the bark of, but it's not going to hurt anything if it stays in the tank, it will just break down.


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One of the reasons I never use wood that has bark is that it indicates that the wood is not fully dry yet. That means that I risk having tannin color my water so I avoid bark.
I also find it a real nuisance when it slowly peels off and drifts around all over. Just a maintenance headache I don't want. Looks ugly , stops up filters and I just don't need it.
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Well, that's too bad :/ I thought the bark was all off when I got it, but apparently not. What should I scrub it with? An inert sponge? A towel? Sandpaper?
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Manzanita bark is dark red, is that the color of your wood?

I soaked sycamore branches for a week and then scraped bark off with a cheap dull paring knife. Once soaked the bark just peeled right off. You may not have any trouble getting it off at all.


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It might be some sort of inner bark - A lot of times you can peel the outer bark off, and the piece looks clean, but after further drying/weathering/decomposition, there is a paper-thin layer of stuff that will peel off.

If it's not causing problems, I wouldn't worry too much about it, just pick it up with the siphon when you do your water change.
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I would not worry too much about it, but if you want to clean it off, then start with gentler tools so you will not scratch the branch that you will be putting back into the tank.
You could try gently lifting any loose edges and pulling to see if you can get more of it off.
A plastic scrub brush is less likely to scar the wood than anything stiffer, but if you have to use a wire brush, then keep working in the direction of the grain. That way, when it does scratch, at least the scratches will be lined up right.
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