Driftwood

  1. Esimm03

    Esimm03 Well Known Member Member

    Hi, so while I was on holiday in Scotland I picked up since lovely pieces of driftwood, some were from a saltwater loch and the others from the beach.

    I will either use them for my aquarium or cactus garden.

    If I use them for my aquarium do I need to treat them as they might raise salinity or release toxins ?

    Thanks,
    Ethan

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  2. kayla.s

    kayla.s Well Known Member Member

    Just soak them for about a week. Remember to change the water probably every 2 days
     
  3. michaelh

    michaelh Valued Member Member

    I would also boil them a couple of hours, just to make sure to get rid of any bacteria or anything living inside. Very nice pieces by the way, enjoy them and good luck!
     
  4. kayla.s

    kayla.s Well Known Member Member

    Yes every time you change the water I'd boil the new water
     
  5. michaelh

    michaelh Valued Member Member

    I actually meant to boil the driftwood itself.
     
  6. O

    OnTheFly Well Known Member Member

    Dilution is your friend. Soak them in clean water and change the water a few times. They'll be safe quickly. I do boil DW to kill the pathogens that may or may not cause harm but some are very against that idea. It makes little sense to me to not be safe as possible if the DW is small enough to boil.
     
  7. OP
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    Esimm03

    Esimm03 Well Known Member Member

    Hi,

    Thanks for the help ,

    The beach is a 2 second walk from the hotel so I might collect more when the tourists have gone.

    I've noticed that some of the pieces have little clams on, should I remove them by hand or will they fall off?

    Ethan

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    P.s, anyone know what they are?, They look like some sort of roots:
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  8. kayla.s

    kayla.s Well Known Member Member

    @michaelh if the water that you add is boiling, then yes that boils the wood. I'd say remove the clams by hand. It'll be easier to make sure it gets done
     
  9. OP
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    Esimm03

    Esimm03 Well Known Member Member

    Ok, I think ill put the white curly one in my cactus garden and the taller one into the tank.

    Will these one release tannins?

    Thanks,
    Ethan
     
  10. kayla.s

    kayla.s Well Known Member Member

    Well since you picked it came from the sea, most tannins should have leached out by now. The boiling of the wood is to help soak out the salt and to kill off any unwanted tag alongs on/inside the wood ;)