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Old 11-18-2012, 08:02 PM   #1 
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Driftwood setup

I was given 1 piece of driftwood from a customer of mine who never used it in her tank. It's dry and kind of dusty. How do I get it tank ready. I've heard of boiling it for 4 hours then rinse then boil again or soak in water for 2 weeks.

I'm not in a hurry and don't mind it getting soaked first, but I don't want it to "fall apart" or "grow white stuff" which I see a lot of people complaining about online.

It still had the original tag on it and it's a local Oregon company that sells it but on the tag it says "Made in Malaysia" which makes me think it's root wood?

Any suggestions would be appreciated. I gotta get a 5 gallon bucket to soak it in. If boiling would one of those black (white speck'd) stock pots work? I have one from good will that we use for sterilizing our jars for canning.

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Let me know if you'd like a picture. I have 2 pieces.. one I bought and it happens to be the same company as the one I got... LOL
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:15 PM   #2 
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Sounds like Malaysian driftwood. Just soak it in the bucket for a few weeks, change the water every 24 hours. You should see the water get less and less tinted. But there will always be a tint, many think this adds a natural look to the tank. Water changes help keep it light, tho.

I would be afraid to boil wood indoors, if there is an air pocket in it it might explode.

It will look great with some anubias tied to it, the roots will glom onto the wood in time.
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When I pour new water into the bucket, do I have to declorinate it? any specific temp.. I'd do luke warm unless something else is suggested
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When I pour new water into the bucket, do I have to declorinate it? any specific temp.. I'd do luke warm unless something else is suggested
No need to condition the water. I just had the bucket in the tub and filled it after my shower each morning
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