aging mango branch?

stefjane

Hey guys!
I just cut off a branch from our mango tree, but of course it is still living and I know that it will rot if I put in my fish tank now. Do I have to wait for nature to age it and dry it out? Or will baking/bleach/boiling age it quicker? Are aging and curing different things?
We planted the mango seed probably about 15 years ago so I know that the tree has never been exposed to things like pesticides, and as far as I know, wood from fruit trees are safe to use in aquariums.
Can you offer me any advice?
Thank you in advance
 

RogueAgent94

Hello,

I usually just put branches on my roof and let them dry out in the sun until they were ready to put in the tank. You know they're ready to put in the tank when you can saw through it pretty easy and you don't get a tangy smell from the wood. I think if you boiled it it may dry faster. I don't know about any 'chemical' or artificial ways of petrifying wood, sorry. I know there are ways of petrifying wood quickly but I don't know how to do it.
 

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