Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Other Fish
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-23-2012, 12:30 PM   #1 
bettaboytroy
Member
 
bettaboytroy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Anyone know about adding driftwood?

I found some nice pieces of driftwood at a garage sale and would like to add a piece to my 20 gallon. I have Red Glass Barbs, Balloon Red-Eye Tetras, 1 Betta, and some Juli Cory's. I'm boiling the piece I chose at least 3 times. My water is very soft and I heard the wood could soften it even more. Also worried that there will still be tannins in the wood and my tank water will become stained. I'm afraid I may upset the balance in the tank and lose fish. What can I do to up the PH? Seashells? Am I over thinking this?
bettaboytroy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2012, 01:36 PM   #2 
bettaboytroy
Member
 
bettaboytroy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Sorry, I didn't mean how to raise PH I meant adding hardness.
bettaboytroy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2012, 12:47 AM   #3 
Captain Jim Dandy
Member
 
Captain Jim Dandy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: I live in a small town in central Florida
The boiling is very good- be careful you don't make it too soft and damage it. If you can.. put the pieces in a resevoir of some sort maybe for a couple days(submerged). Keep an eye on it to see if it leaks any oils or gasoline,etc. (it was stored somewhere,right?) Recently I bought a beautiful piece of wood over internet, dumbly plunked it into a tank ,and two days later I had crystals all over it I recognized as ph conditioners that precipitate. As far as the wood throwing your ph out of whack-not likely to be very extreme usually. PH test kits are inexpensive and are easy to use, in order to be sure of any severe swings that need to be avoided. I don't see clean wood altering your water hardness at all.
Captain Jim Dandy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2012, 06:43 PM   #4 
Kitty Whiskers
Member
 
Kitty Whiskers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Illinois
Here is some good advice on how to clean up driftwood for use in an aquarium

http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/driftwood.php
Kitty Whiskers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2012, 10:38 PM   #5 
djembekah
Member
 
djembekah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Washington
do you know where they got the drift wood? if it was anywhere but like, a pet store, or a fresh water place, i would not even think of putting it in a fresh water tank.
djembekah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2012, 11:31 AM   #6 
bettaboytroy
Member
 
bettaboytroy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
My understanding was that the people I got it from were well traveled. My guess is they collected it whenever they found it (They had tons). Boiling it was not the greatest experience. Even after 3 extensive boiling sessions the water was still turning brown. The house smelled like a lumber yard. I set the wood outside to let the elements continue to work on it. I noticed areas that appeared to have sap running from them. It certainly smelled like it. Thinking I'll hold off on this idea. For me personally I don't think it's worth the time or worry right now. I'm only 2 years into my hobby and think I have better options at this point. Sorry I didn't reply sooner. I didn't think anyone had answered the post.
bettaboytroy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2012, 12:21 AM   #7 
djembekah
Member
 
djembekah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Washington
yeah i'd skip that particular driftwood in the tanks. maybe it could be a garden decoration?

pet stores seem to have drift wood usually. i got mine at an lps, specifically for fish tanks.
djembekah is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I'm adding two more!!!! MandiceP Betta Pictures 20 02-02-2012 07:06 PM
Where to buy driftwood, or pre-planted driftwood? TexasCichlid Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories 5 07-14-2011 08:47 PM
Adding To My 10G hannah16 Betta Fish Compatibility 2 03-25-2011 01:07 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:19 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.