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Posted 9/27/2011 8:09:30 AM


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I was wondering if anyone knows how to properly treat driftwood to go into your aquarium.  I have heard that you should soak it in water for 30-60 days to leech the tannins and make sure it will stay submerged.  So I really have two questions:

1.  Is there anything else I should do to treat the driftwood?

2.  While soaking the driftwood would it make sense to use dechlorinated water to do so, or does that not matter?

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Posted 9/27/2011 9:56:57 AM
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Buxguy83 (9/27/2011)
I was wondering if anyone knows how to properly treat driftwood to go into your aquarium.  I have heard that you should soak it in water for 30-60 days to leech the tannins and make sure it will stay submerged.  So I really have two questions:

1.  Is there anything else I should do to treat the driftwood?

2.  While soaking the driftwood would it make sense to use dechlorinated water to do so, or does that not matter?

I place the driftwood in a container,pour a couple of kettles of boiling water over the wood(kills any unwanted guests),then I fill the container with water from the tank(this gives me a reason for an extra water change),then I let it sit for 24-48 hours rinse with declorinated water and put it into the tank. A lot of people worry about tanins,but the thing most don't think about is how much the fish like the water after the tanins are in it

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Posted 9/27/2011 2:00:25 PM


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Thanks!

Do you ever run into issues with the driftwood remaining submerged after only soaking 24-48 hours?  And if so what do you do to keep the driftwood submerged?

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Posted 9/27/2011 4:48:17 PM
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Buxguy83 (9/27/2011)
Thanks!

Do you ever run into issues with the driftwood remaining submerged after only soaking 24-48 hours?  And if so what do you do to keep the driftwood submerged?

It all depends on the type of drift wood I use. Usually I buy my wood from my LFS and buy the mopani and other heavy woods that sink right away and stay sunk. If the wood I get is not the sink&stay sunk type I use slate to keep it down.Sometimes I buy wood that is basicly used in reptile tanks and all I do with that is wrap a few peices of plany wieghts to it until it has soaked up enough water to say down on it's own. Hope this helps. One other thing to try(for ordinary) wood is to just put it in a pail or tote that is big enough to hold it,fill witl water and just let it soak till it sinks and stays down then transfer it to the tank(do change the water occasionally though

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I normally buy my driftwood from a aquarium store. I let it soak until the water is clean. If it has not sank yet. I will just put it in the aquarium until it does. I just let it fall by it self. It looks more natural. You could run Co2 in it at a very high rate until the Co2 tank runs dry. This is what I have done with wood I have found on the beach. So far no problems with doing this.

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The quickest way to treat driftwood is if you have a pot big enough, simply boil it for 1-2 hours.  This usually removes all the tannin's, and causes no harm to your wood.  I do this with mopani and malaysian driftwood.  I've never had any issues with the wood or tannin's after doing so either.

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I do the same as most here - pour boiling water over it in a bucket, then let it soak in that.

I generally let it soak for 3-4 days though, and pour in more boiling water any time the water is cold and I have time to heat up water. The water usually looks like very, very, very weak tea by this point. That's the mark I use for it being ready to put in the tank. That 30-60 days bit is for people who don't like ANY color to their water whatsoever.

I have gotten wood from the yard and park, and also bought it from the store. I haven't seen much different between the two, except that the wood I get from around the yard tends to lose its bark when boiled - which I don't mind.


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You should always rinse the wood before putting it in the tank, but the tannins are not going to hurt the fish at all - in fact, many fish love tannins. (It kind of gives the tank a more natural 'lake bottom' look too.)

If you use carbon in your filter, that will help take the tannins out of the water anyway, so the effect won't last too long.

As for soaking it so that it gets water logged... that depends on the wood. I know someone who's had a massive piece in their tank for a year and it still floats. She has to use rocks to hold it down. That's always an option if it wants to float, that or some other type of weight that won't rust in the tank.


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Posted 10/1/2011 11:47:00 AM
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I normally buy my driftwood from a aquarium store. I let it soak until the water is clean. If it has not sank yet. I will just put it in the aquarium until it does. I just let it fall by it self. It looks more natural. You could run Co2 in it at a very high rate until the Co2 tank runs dry. This is what I have done with wood I have found on the beach. So far no problems with doing this.

Had a friend who did that....it just dropped one day really quick and HARD,cracked the bottom glass in the tank

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Posted 10/4/2011 11:43:05 AM
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I am glad Buxguy asked this question. now I learned something today and would also not be worried about adding driftwood now.

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