Ok...so I am wanting to change my tanks and make them look more "natural" I went down to the ditch/creek and picked up some sticks/wood. How do I make it safe to put into my aquariums? I have read boiling or heating in the oven for 30 minutes or soaking in 10 parts water 1 part bleach for 12 hours, drain, do it again, drain, soak in dechlorinator for 2 hours, drain, soak in plain water 12 hours, let dry completly (days!) Anyone know? Sure hate to think it will take days to do this.
I do a lot of collecting from nature to use in my aquariums. Even with boiling sometimes you will still get a fungus like growth (white/clear gel looking stuff) on the wood but I have found that is causes no problems as far as livestock are concerned and will resolve on it own in a week to ten days.
I try to find roots or hard wood- not just sticks or vines because the sticks/vines seem to degrade too fast, I use a stiff brush and scrub and a spoon to dig the soft spots out leaving nothing but hard wood, then I boil for 20 min, depending on if it is water logged or not I use it right away otherwise I put it in a bucket of water and let is soak until it sinks.
I never use bleach on wood
Rocks I collect- I scrub and boil for 20 min then use