Diy-ing My Own Driftwood. Are These Types Of Wood Safe?

Discussion in 'Driftwood' started by KaitlynR, May 28, 2018.

  1. KaitlynR

    KaitlynRWell Known MemberMember

    Hi there! I've done extensive research on how to DIY your own driftwood, and general woods that are safe. However,I found some really, really beautiful pieces of wood that I'd love in my tank, but I'm not sure if they are safe or not.

    It's wood from an ornamental pear tree. It's been out and dead for over 3 years now, completely dried out, and the bark peeled right off. I scrubbed it down and it's now sitting in a bucket to soak for about 2 weeks.

    Anyone know if this wood is safe or not? It's so beautiful....
     
  2. Ms rose

    Ms roseWell Known MemberMember

  3. Mazeus

    MazeusWell Known MemberMember

    Yes, pear tree wood is fine to use in an aquarium
     




  4. OP
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    KaitlynR

    KaitlynRWell Known MemberMember

    Well it's currently in the water at the moment... im weighing all of the pieces down which was a pain in the to finagle so i dont wanna take the weights off.   It was struck by lightening, and split in half so we had to take the whole thing down unfortunately.
     
  5. OP
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    KaitlynR

    KaitlynRWell Known MemberMember

    Thank you!!
     
  6. finnipper59

    finnipper59Well Known MemberMember

    There are no toxins from pear wood to worry about and if its been dead for 3 years, all of the decomposable organics should be broken down. Now all you have to do is boil it. Put it in a full pot of fresh water and turn on the burner and once it actually starts to boil, start timing it so that it has boiled for a good 30 minutes. If it was too long to completely fit in the pot, take it out and turn it over and boil the other side and boil it for 30 minutes too. Take it out of the pot and let it cool enough to handle. Then rince well under the faucet with fresh water and just sit it back on the paper towel or back in your bucket of water until your ready to use it.
     
  7. OP
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    KaitlynR

    KaitlynRWell Known MemberMember

    Well, I still want to make sure it gets waterlogged and doesn't float, so is it okay to soak it for a couple weeks first and then boil it?
     
  8. finnipper59

    finnipper59Well Known MemberMember

    Yes. It will actually waterlog better if you boil it and the just place back in fresh water afterwards. But either way works.
     
  9. OP
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    KaitlynR

    KaitlynRWell Known MemberMember

    oh... oops! lol. I'll just go boil em after im done with lunch then. my bad!
     
  10. finnipper59

    finnipper59Well Known MemberMember

    It's all good!
     




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