Driftwood How Long to Boil

  1. Linda4088

    Linda4088 Valued Member Member

    I got two nice pieces of driftwood today. Not very large but of course they don't fit completely underwater in my pot so I do half-and-half. My question is how long am I supposed to boil them?
  2. Mike

    Mike Fishlore Admin Moderator Member

  3. Marie1

    Marie1 Well Known Member Member

    I've boiled it, and not boiled it. I don't think there is any reason to do it. I've also heard some say that boiling will break down the fibers in it cause it to disintegrate faster. Not sure if it's true or not, but I see no reason to do it. If it floats, put a rock on it. If it leeches tannin's and you don't like colored water, add carbon to your filter, and do lots of water changes. Just my 2 cents..
  4. _Fried_Bettas_

    _Fried_Bettas_ Well Known Member Member

    If you are boiling it to disinfect it, then 5-10 minutes should do. If you are really serious about getting rid of the tannins it will take much longer, and you may want to change the water at some point to see if it is clearing any. I boiled a particularly offensive piece of driftwood for over an hour. This was after I tried to put it in the tank and it released an abnormal amount of tannins. It hasn't shown any sign of deteriorating after a couple years.

    For disinfecting you can also give it a salt bath.
  5. Coradee

    Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

    I just run boiling water over wood & let it soak for a while, I'm one of those that believes certain types if boiled will rot quicker, roots in particular