How do you know that your piece of drift wood is old, dead wood?

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Hello! I found a piece at the river and brought it home and boiled it. It is in my one aquarium, but I want to sell it. How do I know for SURE it is genuine and won't start disintagrating?? It seems fine so far, but I just want to make sure. Thanks!
 

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If it is soft and easily damaged, it is old dead wood. Hard or at least firm you are ok!
 
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Thanks a lot!
 
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On the ends it is a little bit soft..Well, part of the ends at least. Otherwise, the wood is definitely solid. Think its still okay?
 

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Go for it...you could even take a clean wire brusk and scrape off the soft parts...gives it texture! The old dead parts will cause a bacterial bloom as they feed on it...don't worry it will clear on its own!
 
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Yea, I posted it for sale, because there were hardly ANY soft spots. I could easily scrape it off. Thanks!
 
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