Can I use a piece of drift wood that's been in a hermit crab aquarium?

Discussion in 'Driftwood' started by Huskiesandfishies, Jul 25, 2015.

  1. H

    Huskiesandfishies Valued Member Member

    Can I use a piece of drift wood from a hermit crab aquarium? I believe it had coconut fiber bedding used in it.
     
  2. Gekco

    Gekco Well Known Member Member

    You might be able to if you boil it for 30mins to 1hour.
     
  3. OP
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    Huskiesandfishies Valued Member Member

    I beleive its malaysian driftwood, I had it in an aquarium, and gave it to my mom for a hermit crab cage and she now longer has them so wondering if I can use it again xD
     
  4. Gekco

    Gekco Well Known Member Member

    I have Malaysian Driftwood in my tank for my BN Pleco. I boiled mine for 30mins on both sides to get the tannin out of the wood. I you should be able to use it if you boil it for at least 1 hour. All driftwood that gets sold in LFS I believe is collected naturally anyway. Let's see what other have to say.
     
  5. KarenLM

    KarenLM Well Known Member Member

    I would boil it and soak it in a bucket for at least a week before putting it in your tank. Change the soaking water every day or so.

    Once you do put it in, keep an eye on the tank for any unusual behavior just to be sure.
     
  6. OP
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    Huskiesandfishies Valued Member Member

    Ok great, It's not the best shape but it's not the worst. It should create one kind of bigger somewhat cave. May look good covered in moss though (Which is what I want to do). Last time I boiled it and let it dry and then put it in the tank... it released tannins. Ill reboil it and put it in a plastic tote and change the water everyday for a week and see how that works.
     
  7. BDpups

    BDpups Well Known Member Member

    I know a lot people boil the wood. But there is no reason to do this. It bursts the fibers in the wood causing it to decompose and rot in your aquarium faster. Just soaking and changing the water in a container will give you the same results. It just takes longer. But it is better for the wood.

    If you are planning on soaking it, then I would not boil it yet again. Just do one or the other. Soaking will not burst the fibers. Boiling will. Since you have already boiled it previously, I don't see why you would need to again.

    Just my :;2cents
     
  8. OP
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    H

    Huskiesandfishies Valued Member Member

    Great I just didnt know if the coconut fiber bedding would cause any issues
     




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