Can I Use Wood From Flood?

  1. Triston Wasmund Well Known Member Member

    READ!!! I picked up a piece of wood right after the Hurricane Harvey Flood, that i found on the side of a building so it obviously was carried by the flood water. That was like 5 months ago. I used it in my small lizard tank but they payed no attention to it. It hasnt been used in a maybe a month and a half or more and has just sat outside. I dont know what kind of wood it is, so ID would be appreciated. As well, do you think after i water logged it i could put it in my 10 gal or 20 gal fountain? I do not have bleach or anything like that so do not suggest dipping it in their. Any thing i should be worried about. Some pieces of it seemed to come off, meaning a strip of wood/ bark after i was stuffing it down in water. Anything that could be dangerous or something? PS, i dont know if you can tell but in the first pic, on the left side you can see some green. I suppose its algae, but its almost as if it is stained on there. It cant be growth as im pretty sure its been there the whole time. THANKS!

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  2. TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    I can't remember the name of the tree, but I had the same kind of stump in one of my tanks. They say you're not supposed to use this wood in aquariums, but I found mine already waterlogged in a body of water, and used it in a tank for many months without issues. However, finding it in the floodwaters of Harvey would make me anxious - the flood water weren't clean, and I'd be worried it's contaminated.

  3. Goldiemom Well Known Member Member

    Give it a good boil. That should kill any bacteria.
  4. TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Maybe, but there are things other than bacteria that could have contaminated it too. Harvey did a lot of damage and had a lot of contamination in floodwaters.

  5. InsanityShard Member Member

    I wouldn't use it, even with heavy treating. No idea how deep anything could have sunk into it- take it from someone who lives where it floods every year, just because you treat it won't mean it's safe, or that the water didn't have sewage or worse in it especially. Even a 3 day bleach dip and a good long bake in the oven wouldn't be enough for anything around here- floodwaters come from the ocean, sewers, pesticides, weed killers, chemical spills during floods e.t.c... Really all around bad.
  6. SmallFishGuy Member Member

    To fully know it’s clean you’d have to boil it and leave it to weather for probably a year or 2, even then it might not be okay to use
  7. Goldiemom Well Known Member Member

    Awww, come on Tex. A little feces in the water never hurt anyone. I was in that water! Today, I’m at the Houston Livestock Show and stepping in all kinds of stuff. Hasn’t killed me yet! And I work in healthcare! Lol

  8. TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Ha! Livestock feces weren't what I was worried about (or I'd be in trouble too!). Just some natural fertilizers for you!
  9. Triston Wasmund Well Known Member Member

    so i guss moral of the story, dont use it. I wanted to use it because it would be a cool centerpiece for my 10 gallon, but i guess not. The other wood i put in my tank i have to take out because of too many problems. Driftwood is just too expensive to buy, so i was finding some stuff i had. I do have a big lava rock that has just sat on the patio and hasnt been used for anything in a while. What about that?
  10. TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Lava rock should be fine! You could always go out and find more wood now - woods should be safer now than during the flood.

  11. Triston Wasmund Well Known Member Member

    There is no lava rock or any type that could be dangerous? As far as finding wood, i cant really go check creeks or anything as either they are hard to get too, or its not an option. The sticks in my backyard, they are nice, but skinny. I think its oak, so i dont even think i can use that. I do have bamboo, the huge kind that grows outside, but i dont think i can use that either but i dont know( cut up some pieces, not grow it in the tank). I guess my only other option without having to buy anything is the lava rock. I can post a pic later today, if i remember.
  12. TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    If it's lava rock, it should be safe.

    I use bamboo stems that I cut from large bamboo poles. It took a few days for them to sink, but no issues with the fish in the tank. Make sure you don't get them from anywhere where pesticides are used.

    You can also go to a landscaping store and get large rocks there, usually for very cheap. There are a few LFS in Houston that sell decently priced wood and rock too, and sometimes they have good sales. I also have ordered manzanita wood online from a decor place, and I've been very happy with it.
  13. Triston Wasmund Well Known Member Member

    Wait, you use bamboo??? What color is it? The stuff that grows in the front yard is yellow stalks with long and narrow leaves. It doesnt rot or anything after a while? So i can just cut a stem off, water log it and bam .. ? Also, could i please see pictures, lol??
  14. TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    I'll get pics later when the lights come back on in the tanks.

    The stalks were big and green when I got them - the bamboo stand is old, so they're thicker than my wrist. I cut and boiled them (which I don't normally do for wood, but since these weren't already dead or water logged, I wanted to be extra safe since they were going into my Hara tank). I'm sure it will rot (all wood does, slowly), but how quickly, I have no idea.
  15. Triston Wasmund Well Known Member Member

    Ok thanks! How long has it been in the tank? And how long did they take to water log?

    Cant wait to see the picture, but just curious as to why your lights are off, as its day time correct? Sorry for so many questions LOL
  16. TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    It only took a few days to sink, and it's been in there about 2 weeks now.

    I have a siesta in my lighting to help with algae and to help me enjoy the tanks when I'm home without the lights being on too long. I usually work during the day (home sick today though), and I like the lights to be on when I can enjoy them. So they come on in the morning when I'm getting ready, off around late morning, and back on before I get back from work so I can enjoy the tanks in the evening.
  17. Triston Wasmund Well Known Member Member

    Oh, okay makes since. Will be waiting for the pictures! I can send a pic later of what the bamboo we have looks like.
  18. CanadianFishFan Well Known Member Member

    I dont trust it because flood waters have garbage and chemicals. I dont know if boiling it would kill it all. hmmm
  19. Goldiemom Well Known Member Member

    Gang, we use bleach and water in hospitals. It’s the best anti-bacterial in the world. It kills everything, including MRSA. We autoclave surgical instruments, much like boiling. We had no incidents of flesh eating bacteria after the storm. Ya’ll are cracking me up. You have a much bigger chance of touching a door knob and contracting MRSA or the deadly flu this year then those fish have of picking up something in cured driftwood. Cooties...oh my!
  20. TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    I was thinking more along the lines of pesticides and other chemicals, not bacteria...