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Great Day driftwood collecting!

Discussion in 'General Freshwater' started by loser, Mar 15, 2012.

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    Nice warm day, so I took a hike. Without the underbrush grown in yet, it was easy to spot some nice driftwood pieces. IMAG0256.jpg

    Here's a closeup on my favorite...nice hollow area inside and great detail...can't wait to watch loaches zooming in and out of it.
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    Got 'em soaking in bleach & water now :)
     
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    They do look nice, what kind of wood is that? I always am worried that the wood will float.
     
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    how do you make sure they're safe? and where did you find it?
     
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    It should be safe unless it was soaking in a pool of motor oil or something. The only bad thing is if it's a soft wood it will break down faster in the water. Or like I already asked if it's not a dense enough wood it will float. Pretty much it needs to be some type of dense hard wood and your golden.
     
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    thats what im asking, how does he know if its softwood or not?
     
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    3 of the pieces are oak, I've used it before and I know it's safe...just gotta soak it a bit longer because it's dense.
    Unfortunately I couldn't ID the other 2, so I'll give them a carbon soak after the bleach, then start them in the QT tank.

    I've found that driftwood almost always has a bit of bouyancy, so I screw them into slate.
     
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    only reason im asking is because im trying to find driftwood at my local stream but i dont know what to pick. i have some driftwood in my garage but i dont know if its safe.
     
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    Yeah I'm usually pretty paranoid about what kind of wood I use, I couldn't resist the non-ID'd pieces because of their shape. Oak, and apple are my favorite because the shape of the trees is so distinct, you know what you're getting.
     
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    Boil them...
     
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    Score!! I don't have anything like that around me.... Except an ace and there's nothin like a 2x4 to really bring out that natural tank look


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    Nice finds! I, too, can't wait to see your loaches zooming around!
     
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    Should any fallen branches of Oak work work, if I soak it first ?
     
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    Really the idea is you want to keep away from softer woods as they will break up quickly and stuff that is really sappy as you don't want that leaching into your water. Oak is a perfect choice, boil them first to kill any bacteria and you should be good to go. Over time the slate isn't needed as they sit in your tank for months they get so water logged they will settle to the bottom.
     
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    Yes, any part of the oak tree will work.
    Remove the bark first, and make sure it's not rotted/soft. Then sterilize it either by boiling (if it fits in a pot) or by soaking in a 1:20 bleach:water mix for a day then soaking it in water for a week, changing the water every other day, to get the bleach out.

    Boiling is viewed as safer for the fish, it's also stinky. These pieces were too big for a pot so i had to go the bleach route (in a rubbermaid 25-gal bin, outdoors). I've done this before and never had bleach poisoning/gill issues, the chlorine in the bleach really wants to be a gas and escapes at the first chance. That's why bleach smells so bad.
     
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    Using dechlorinator in the fresh water when trying to rinse free the bleach also helps. Dechlorinator is the same stuff we all put in our tanks during water changes. Just add a large amount of that into the water to help remove some of the chrlorine, not needed but can help be sure its all removed.
     

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