Water-logging wood?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by hasknight, Jun 3, 2016.

  1. hasknight

    hasknightValued MemberMember

    I know there are many threads that deal with this topic but i cant find specific answers.
    Ill be short and simple.
    Q1. Can any kind of wood be used?
    Q2. Can i drill a hole in a trunk to use as a cave?
    Q3. Will fish hurt themselve over the wood? (dumb question sorry)
    Q4. Do i have to remove the bark or can i let it be?
    Q5. Can boiling once work? I will then add it to the aquarium and hold it down with rocks.
  2. Quibbles

    QuibblesValued MemberMember

    Hi! When choosing driftwood, you can use many woods, but not all. Never use "soft" woods, like pines and evergreen trees. Mansanita works very well. You can drill a hole, but make sure the edges aren't sharp. I recommend taking off bark for sure, but I would boil a couple times before adding to your tank.
  3. OP

    hasknightValued MemberMember

    Thank you for the feedback.
    I bought them from a woodcutter and didn't ask what type of wood it was. But evergreen and pine dont grow in our area anywhere so i dont think they might be that.
    Ill be rubbing it with sandpaper afterwards.
    I meant will they get hurt over the branch it self?
    Boiling is for the bacteria. So once should be enough right? I have water shortages so cant afford changing water for a driftwood for a month.

  4. Quibbles

    QuibblesValued MemberMember

    I guess you could do just once if you boil it long enough. When you say "hurt over the branch itself" do you mean like chemicals and stuff? If so, probably no. Depends on the fish. And the wood type. Would you mind posting a pic of it? Also, keep in mind that adding wood will lower your Ph.

  5. OP

    hasknightValued MemberMember

    I will boil it for some hours. Maybe 6.

    And i meant as there are some branches sticking out of it. Like twigs would they damage the scales?

    I will add a pic tomorrow morning.

    Yes i do know. I heard sea shells also affect the ph.in what way or is it a myth?
  6. aliray

    alirayFishlore VIPMember

    Dead hardwood like oak, beech or maple. Do not use any evergreen or cedar. Yes you can drill a hole in the wood. Make sure that any where you get the wood from that it is not an area that gets sprayed or near the road ways. The fish should be fine with wood. I would boil it. Most insects live under the bark , boiling would probably kill them but I would remove it if you can. Alison
  7. AndrewJ54

    AndrewJ54Valued MemberMember

    Also the purpose of boiling is to leach out some of the tannis which is what will end up staining the color of your water a brownish color!
  8. OP

    hasknightValued MemberMember

    I do not mind the brown colour. It feels more natural.
    The wood i have is freshly cut. :/ do i have to let it dry? Or can i just drill now?
    It has not been sprayed.
  9. Quibbles

    QuibblesValued MemberMember

    I would let it dry before putting it in, or it would be more likley to decompose in the tank. Not entirely certain, though.
  10. OP

    hasknightValued MemberMember

    I dont understand that part.

    This is the piece.
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 23, 2018
  11. Quibbles

    QuibblesValued MemberMember

    It is very nice looking. The fish won't hurt themselves on that.
  12. OP

    hasknightValued MemberMember

    Ive been boiling it for 6 hours.
    Can i ask as theres some black stuff coming out of it? The wood was picked the last day after a storm. So it wasnt chemically sprayed. It was in an abandoned plot.

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