How to clean this driftwood?

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I got some driftwood out of a creek by my house, if I boil it in a pot of water will it be fish tank safe?
Since I snapped it, the places where it broke are kind off rough and splintery what should I do about that?
I also got some rocks how do I tell if they are safe for my fish tank ? thanks !!! :) :) :)
 

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Make sure the driftwood is a “dead” hardwood without rot and you should be fine. For the rocks, I would try and determine if they are inert. You can put some white vinegar on them (or submerge them in it) and if they fizzle they are not inert. All that means is that they will alter your water parameters. Specifically ph. If they don’t react to the vinegar they will be just fine in your tank. You can just scrub them real well and drop them in or dump some boiling water on them to kill any organisms that may still be hanging around.
 

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If it has bark get that off and boil it and it should be fine.
 
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TWiG87 said:
Make sure the driftwood is a “dead” hardwood without rot and you should be fine. For the rocks, I would try and determine if they are inert. You can put some white vinegar on them (or submerge them in it) and if they fizzle they are not inert. All that means is that they will alter your water parameters. Specifically ph. If they don’t react to the vinegar they will be just fine in your tank. You can just scrub them real well and drop them in or dump some boiling water on them to kill any organisms that may still be hanging around.
I'll do that with the rocks, thanks :) would that work on pea gravel I want to put that in if it's safe, it's just landscape stuff.
 

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BlackMolly99 said:
I'll do that with the rocks, thanks :) would that work on pea gravel I want to put that in if it's safe, it's just landscape stuff.
I wouldnt use any landscaping stuff. It may have a lot of pesticides and who knows what.
 
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StarGirl15 said:
If it has bark get that off and boil it and it should be fine.

Thanks I'll do that , love the driftwood look but it's so expensive!
 
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StarGirl15 said:
I wouldnt use any landscaping stuff. It may have a lot of pesticides and who knows what.
Thank you, I want to diy stuff but got to make sure it's safe.
 
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Got it, is there anything I could do to really clean it?
Would boiling it help?
 

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You could probably soak it in bleach water for a few days, rinse, then dechlor water a few days it will prob be ok. I personally would always be thinking when something is wrong....is it those rocks? May be my imagination. lol
Dont ever boil rocks. They can explode. PSA lol
 
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Wow! thanks for letting me know :D
What about those larger decor rocks people have suggested boil those?
 

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No scrub with hot water and some soap rinse good. They can have air pockets and explode
 

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About the rough and splintery ends - you can sand them down and/or snap off any super-long, pointy projections.
 
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Thanks guys really helpful :happy:
So excited to set up a new fish tank!
 

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Don't soak wood in bleach!!! Not a good idea. I'm not sure you could ever get it out.

Depending on how hard the wood is just soaking it in water might soften it enough to be completely fish safe. You'd still want to check it before putting it in with fish though.
 
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aoiumi said:
Don't soak wood in bleach!!! Not a good idea. I'm not sure you could ever get it out.

Depending on how hard the wood is just soaking it in water might soften it enough to be completely fish safe. You'd still want to check it before putting it in with fish though.
Thanks, I was planning on just putting it in a pot of boiling water.
 

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Do you have pics of the rocks and DW? I would just run boiling hot water over the wood a few times providing like you said it is completely brown. As far as the splinters just take a saw and cut it so you can have a flat surface to sit it in your tank easier.
 

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