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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-24-2010, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Question Baking Driftwood?

Today while I was at the beach, I found a few good pieces of driftwood. One I want to use for my 20g betta tank, and the rest for my snake tanks. How do I "bake" these? I've read online that your supposed to bake it before using it in an aquarium.

EDIT: well just realized it will float in aquariums but I still want to bake it for my boa's tank.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-25-2010, 09:35 AM
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Haven't heard of baking the wood. I have boiled it though. For mine I, boiled it for about 10 minutes (overkill probably) drained it, boiled it again, drained it again then soaked it for a few days till it wasn't leaving the water a tea color. After the wood has soaked for awhile it won't float anymore. Sometimes it can take quite awhile of soaking for it to stay underwater though. Just stick it in a bucket, put something ontop of it to keep it under the water and let it soak. Good luck!

(I have also attached the wood to a piece of tile and put it into the aquarium. After several weeks of it being in the aquarium you can take the tile piece off and the wood will stay under. Or just leave the tile on, either way it works)

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I keep a piece of driftwood in most of my tanks,
My driftwood always comes from Salted water,
All I do is wash/scrub it really good under hot water,
Let it dry in the sun a few days, Then weight it down with a piece of rock or 2 or 3 collected from the seashore too.
After just a few weeks most I was able to remove the rocks and the log stayed in place in the tank.

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Cool question. I was wondering about this too, so i'm glad you asked, haha :D
I have a piece of drift wood from the beach too and would like to put it in my bettas tank.
I hope yours is a success!

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Alright, thanks guys! :) My boa is getting pretty big -so artificial branches are becoming twigs breaking under the beast. I'm gonna put one in my spoiled bettas tank (Duke). He lives in a 20g with 10 ghost shrimp.

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