Manzanita Driftwood Tree Safety

Martin Honigmann

Member
Hello,

I just got a free old dried whole Manzanita tree that my sister had in her storage for 5 years. It looks natural and probably sandblasted since there is no bark at all. I know Manzanita is safe but my concern is that I don't know the provenance and I was wondering if Manzanita branches like this for home display are usually treated with some kind of insecticides or chemicals.

It is a very big piece and I am itching to treat it to use in my tank.

Any advice on how to know if it is safe?

Thanks in advance!
 

maggie thecat

Member
You could soak it in conditioned water, doing multiple changes to leach out any potential chemicals. Maybe give it a scrub with some activated charcoal for good measure.
 
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Martin Honigmann

Member
maggie thecat said:
You could soak it in conditioned water, doing multiple changes to leach out any potential chemicals. Maybe give it a scrub with some activated charcoal for good measure.
Thank you Maggie, I am going to try it.
 

maggie thecat

Member
Good luck with it.

One last thought. If it appears to be coated with something, you could sand it.
 

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