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Old 08-11-2012, 04:32 PM   #1 
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Need some help with drift wood.

I purchased a small piece of drift wood ,the kid in the pet store said to just soak it for 3 days he mentioned something about the ph .I tried to find some info online and i read somewhere to make sure that it is meant for fish and not reptiles or there might be chemicals added that could kill my fish. I bought this from a small shop i did tell him that i would be using it with a betta fish so i guess it is the right one.what do i need to do to get this ready for my tank , is what he said to just soak it for 3 days good enough
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Old 08-11-2012, 04:47 PM   #2 
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Are you planning to put this in your fish bowl?

I would soak it maybe boil it.

Most if not all driftwood will stain the water.

Take a picture of the piece of wood & post it.
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Old 08-11-2012, 04:50 PM   #3 
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Actually the water getting tanned by the wood is good! Driftwood is full of tannins which is good for your betta.
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Here are a couple of pics it look's a little darker now because i had it soaking in water.,i just pulled it out of the one gallon container u see in the back round to take the pic's.
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That's a nice piece of drift. What tank are you planning to use this in? I can see your betta possibly using the top of it as a shortcut to the surface. I just revived some of my old pieces of driftwood I had in storage for my betta.
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No Msg i want to put it in a 2.5 tank he is in now, and soon i hope i will transfer him to a 6.6 with the drift wood if i can figure out how to cycle it.
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Some wood takes longer to soak, but 3 days might work, you'll just have to put it in some water and wait. If it turns the water a little brown that's fine, it's good for the fish. And if it doesn't sink right away, you can tie or glue it to a rock to anchor it.
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Here's a piece of wood from I believe a reptile accessory I was testing out..



2 days and now the water looks like that

Soak that piece of drift and check the color of the water.

The piece I used I think was treated with something & it turned the water GREEN. I'm going to siphon it right now.
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Thanks Msg i will keep an eye on it for now. it's been in a gallon container for a couple of hours now,the water seems to have a light tint like a tea color .I think i will put in old pot tomorrow and throw it on the grill outside,is there a specific way to do this, should the water boil first then add the wood and for how long .
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Cool looking Driftwood!

Seems like a volcano! Its normal for it to tan water but watch out for water ph parameters.
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