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Hey everyone my girlfriend found a piece of driftwood around a creek I've let it sit in the sun and am currently trying to get it waterlogged in my 125 gallon tank. It's been 4 days and I haven't gotten it to sink I'm wondering if it's the wrong type of wood. I'm a beginner so all replies are greatly appreciated!
 

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It's generally recommended to bake it in the oven to kill anything that might be on it to keep your tank healthy. Do you know what type of wood it is? Pics would help!
 
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I also just started the 6 week cycle on my 125 gallon

No I don't know what kind of wood. How could I post a picture? I just joined this forum 30 minutes ago
 
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Here's one

Another
 

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It needs to be hard wood with no bark on it. 4 days is not that long. Sometimes is can take weeks, or months. Or days. Its all kind of different. If you are cycling a tank, I would just soak it in water, and change the water daily. Baking can lead to fires. I know people do this, but I would not risk it. Others suggesting boiling. Not a good idea in my opinion. It literally will burst fibers in the wood and then it will break up in your tank. Just soak it and change the water. When the tank has cycled, the wood will be ready. If it does not sink, you can attack some slate to it. Drill it into the wood and cover it in your substrate.
 
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Ok thank you I may just go with another piece anyways
 

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That piece looks good to me. But if you can get more, go for it.
 
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Yeah I can get more. Ill get something bigger online or from a store. What's a good site for driftwood?
 

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I got my driftwood from PetSolutions, and I love it. Big pieces, great prices. You can also check out this website for manzanita branches: https://www.save-on-crafts.com/ Just get the natural, untreated pieces.
 
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A big piece for a center piece and the rest is going to be planted.

I was going to use a big piece for a center piece I mean
 

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I got the extra large Malaysian from Petsolutions for $26
 

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For mopani I would look on Amazon first. Here is another,


For manzanita
 
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My tank
 

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in my 55 gal
 
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That's awesome what substrate did you use?
 

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I have a black sand from Petsmart. I think it was this one:


My driftwood is still leaching tannins after I soaked it for 2-3 weeks, but it's perfect for my blackwater setup. I'm super pleased with both pieces (1 XL on the right, 1 L on the left)
 
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I have gravel in mine. Top Fin and some national geographic. What does leaching tannins mean?
 

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It's what give the tank that tea color. Most driftwood releases it, at least for a time. It's not harmful to the fish, and many prefer it, but a lot of people don't like the discoloration for visual reasons.

I got sand so I could get cories
 
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I'm wishing I would have gotten sand but its too late now lol
 

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You can always change it out. Now would be a great time since your tank hasn't cycled yet, and you've just begun.
 
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