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.
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,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.
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.
is there any way of telling whether wood will rot or not?