Wood in betta tank

betta06

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wondering what wood is safe for my 5 gallon betta tanks.
could I get it outside? is wood that you get at beaches safe?
thanks!
 

Ghelfaire

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Hardwood is safe if you get it from a pesticide free area. You have to make sure you remove the bark and that it's dead (dried)
I have maple from my backyard in my tanks
 
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betta06

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is cherry wood safe?
how do I know if its fully dry?
 

CrackerboxPalace

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betta06 said:
wondering what wood is safe for my 5 gallon betta tanks.
could I get it outside? is wood that you get at beaches safe?
thanks!
wood from outside should be fine, you just need to treat it properly. also, types like eucalyptus (the oil is bad for aquariums) or soft woods don’t work well in fish tanks though.

I like to wash my would by putting it in a rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide (but definitely not bleach) solution and scrubbing it, then immediately placing it in hot water. ideally distilled water but tap water works fine too i scrub it some more then get clean boilin water and leave the tannins to come out overnight. then i give it a rinse under the tap and it’s ready to go.

as ghelfaire said you should remove any bark, as well as any insects or non-wood things you find on/in it. goodluck
 
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betta06

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CrackerboxPalace said:
wood from outside should be fine, you just need to treat it properly. also, types like eucalyptus (the oil is bad for aquariums) or soft woods don’t work well in fish tanks though.

I like to wash my would by putting it in a rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide (but definitely not bleach) solution and scrubbing it, then immediately placing it in hot water. ideally distilled water but tap water works fine too i scrub it some more then get clean boilin water and leave the tannins to come out overnight. then i give it a rinse under the tap and it’s ready to go.

as ghelfaire said you should remove any bark, as well as any insects or non-wood things you find on/in it. goodluck
thanks so much!
 

CrackerboxPalace

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betta06 said:
thanks so much!
all good let me know if there’s any other questions!! hope your tank turns out how you want
 

BettaCyrus

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I ordered a piece of wood that was supposed to be for aquariums, and had a really great shape/was weathered, but it started breaking down when I put it in water to soak, so def do a soak trial (I dechlorinated the water I soaked it in just to be safe), as some wood breaks apart easily in water! I also had seen info that warned against using wood from ocean beaches in freshwater tanks... but I can't say for sure if that's true.
 

AggressiveAquatics

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You can get your wood from outside just make sure it’s legal and it doesn’t have any pesticides. And try and identify what type of wood it is. Also bake it because you don’t want any little creatures living in or on it in your tank
 

taj13

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betta06 said:
wondering what wood is safe for my 5 gallon betta tanks.
could I get it outside? is wood that you get at beaches safe?
thanks!
Thanks for asking this question! I was thinking I'd have to spend a fortune buying the driftwood at the pet store!
 
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betta06

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taj13 said:
Thanks for asking this question! I was thinking I'd have to spend a fortune buying the driftwood at the pet store!
I know I am really happy too its like $20 for a small piece of spider wood at my local pet store so free wood will be great!
 

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