Soak then bake if you want to do it that way.
Fresh water beach? Then there should not be a salt issue.
Here is another way to kill possible pathogens from fresh water:
Soak the driftwood, then put it in a clear plastic bag and set it in the sun. The sun will heat it through the bag (the same way your car gets hot sitting in the sun) and it can get hot enough to boil off the water and kill most microorganisms.
Keeping in mind that many meds and treatment for ich have salt, does the salt really harm most fish or plants in the small quanity that would be left after a rinse? I've never collected from saltwater but many do use salt to treat for ich. Some do promote the idea of using salt all the time but that seems extreme to me.
Those are some awesome pieces, I hope to find some nice drift wood for some moss trees this summer when I go to the beach. A question posed above about is salt is bad to fish or plants, the answer is yes and no, in small doses salt is actually good for your plants and your fish, many fertilizers contain salt. As long as you aren't adding a ton of salt you will be okay. I have read online that salt can also help combat hair algae and some parasites.
If you do a couple soakings with water changes (generally standard procedure for wood, just to get tannins out and get it waterlogged), that should remove pretty much any salt traces. Only thing is you need to get all the wood (or most of it submerged) at once.
If you have 1/2 of it sticking out of the water, it can create a wick effect, and water will creep up and evaporate, leaving the salt behind in that exposed piece.
I've used ocean-collected driftwood in a few tanks, I just do a pretty long soak with frequent water changes, and haven't had a problem. I used a multimeter to test conductivity of the water as a half-assed attempt to try and measure salt content, and the conductivity did decrease a bit over the week with 1-2 daily water changes.
This came from freshwater beach. The wood hasn't leeched any tannins. I boiled and rinsed then bolted to sheets of slate 24*12 two pieces which is now burning in my substrate. Follow my journal of my tank to see pics.
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