well, it might work. If the wood was really dried out first, and now has been in the tank for 2 weeks and you didn't get any nasty basteria blooms then you might be OK I think. Still, to be on the safe side, you might want to introduce only 1 or 2 fish at first to the tank. Maybe buy a couple feeder guppies or something expendabele first until you're sure it's safe for your good fish.zeebo said:I found wood on an empty block of land.
The wood is really long so I boil water in my kettle and pour over the drift wood.
I repeated this many times in a day over several days.
Then, I soaked it in the aquarium without fish for 2 weeks.
All the color came off.
No problems with it thus far.
I read somewhere that pleco enjoy chewing on the bark.
Don't know if its true. I haven't got a pleco yet.
wow, now that's an interesting question. On the one hand if it washed up it's most likely nice and dead and dry. But I don't know about the salt it may have absorbed. If you boil it some may come out, but still... hmmmmmmmm. That a really good question.capekate said:Hey Jim,
I have a question.. if I find small pieces of driftwood from my beach, is it ok to use in a Freshwater tank, after I boil it and clean it up?
Thanks Jim,Jim said:wow, now that's an interesting question. On the one hand if it washed up it's most likely nice and dead and dry. But I don't know about the salt it may have absorbed. If you boil it some may come out, but still... hmmmmmmmm. That a really good question.
I think what I'd do, if there was a really cool piece I just had to have is to boil it, etc... Then soak it in a bucket a week or so, and then find a hydrometer (or whatever they're called) to measure the salt content in the water. If it's not to terribly high (most fish can handle a little salt) then I guess it'll be OK.
AAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!mcdonald.kk said:Just my two cents as a word of caution...I was at my local pet store and noticed some very nice, twiggy pieces of grapevine for use in terrariums. I read the tag and it hadn't been treated with chemicals. I bought it and soaked it and put it in my tank. When I came home from work it was covered in a bacterial bloom. Since then I've always bought wood that is labeled as safe for aquariums. I also soak it for about a month before trusting it in my aquarium. Some people have no problem with grapevine though so maybe I got a bad piece with spores on it. Just thought I'd warn everyone.
Unfortunalely I don't think so. Unless someone else has a better method, I use my eyes nose and hands. If it looks solid, doesn't crumble in my fingers, and doesn't smell rotten, etc... Use your common sense, if it looks bad, it probably is.nickf5 said:is there any way of telling whether wood will rot or not?