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Can I burn my driftwood?

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I'm having a hard time cleaning a piece of driftwood from attached java and peacock moss. I have tried boiling water, picking at it, leaving it in the open sun, but to no avail. Can I lightly burn the moss off? and would there be any ill-effect from a burnt driftwood in an aquarium? My other consideration is maybe wrapping it in foil and tossing it in the oven. Let me know if you have any idea?

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You will probably raise the alkalinity and potassium in the tank by adding the wood ash.

One word, Dremel. Or try sand paper.


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really - you think burning is the answer? You might try some stiff, coarse brushes to try and 'scowl' it off. Really take your time and use the right tools (ie smaller brush for nooks and crannies, etc). You might also remember that moss is, for the most part, water, so burning it may not be as effective (or easy) as you think, though I'll admit I haven't tried it. I think burning is a bit...hmm...what am I looking for here...unnecessary? Leave it out in the sun for a while to dry the moss out before you start. I forgot to ask: what's the whole point of this again?
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Have you tried a harsh sponge scrubbing? I've never had anything stick to a driftwood that a good scrubbing didn't work.

I'd boil it then scrub. Soaking it in hot water and scrubbing works great.

But I don't know if burning the wood will give any ill side effects.
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Give it a bleach bath. If Its to big, use rags soaked in the bleach bath. (two parts water to one part bleach) That should clean any plant matter or algae off. Just make sure you rinse really good before you put it back in the tank.

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You will probably raise the alkalinity and potassium in the tank by adding the wood ash.

One word, Dremel. Or try sand paper.
Coleman,

I'm cleaning it for a new tank and I don't want any of the two moss in it. They grew to fast in my old tank. I think I'll give sand paper a try. Will let you know how it turns out.

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An effective, but messy way is to use a power washer. I have one to clean my deck boards, so I tried it on a piece of drift wood, with BBA on it. The washer cleaned it quickly and easily, but it can be hard to avoid the force of the water from blasting the piece of wood 20 feet into the air!

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Clove oil kills moss really good.
So does direct Excel, bleach , H2O2, etc.

Burning wood is how you make a saw cut look lke it's a natural aged weathered look, you burn, then power wash or wire brush it. You can get a wire brush wheel and attach it to a drill, then brush off any rot/burn leftovers.

The carbon is not an issue but is messy in the tank/on your hands when you move it etc, prune etc.

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... Burning wood is how you make a saw cut look lke it's a natural aged weathered look, you burn, then power wash or wire brush it. You can get a wire brush wheel and attach it to a drill, then brush off any rot/burn leftovers. ...
Thanks for this info. I can put this to good use on a big Manzanita stump.

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You can try it by adding new wood ash to your tank , it will help you ....
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I had a hard time sanding the wood. There were too many hard to reach area, so I ended up brushing some excel onto it, and it did the trick. Thanks once again.

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