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Old 03-12-2012, 03:14 PM   #1 
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driftwood safe?

I had a piece of wood that I found and was going to put it in my tank but when my brother had his bomb fire with his friends he threw it in the fire and it got a little burned. I mannaged to save it so only the edges or black but it smells like smoke. Is it still safe for my fish?

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Old 03-12-2012, 03:39 PM   #2 
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When I picked up my driftwood from the forest behind my house, I set it in a vinegar solution for 24 hours and washed it good with hot water until the smell went away.

If anything the fire killed some bad stuff on it, just be sure that you have nothing that is going to be dissolving in the water when you put it in there. So just wash it and brush it up until nothing comes off of it.
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Yeah, I figured the fire probably killed any bad stuff but I was really concerned about the smell. What was in your vinager solution? Half vinager and half water?
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1 part vinegar to 9 parts water. Usually you can just fill your tub with water and put in vinegar until it starts to smell like vinegar and that is just about the right mix.
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Can you discribe the wood a bit better? Where did you find it? Are pesticides used anywhere near where you found the wood? Depending on these answers the wood may have been unsafe even before it was burned.

Unless you found the wood in untouched wilderness (which is possible if you live in upper-upper New York state), it may not be safe to use anything you find outside in your tank. I can walk to the ocean from where I live and I still don't use any of the wood I see in the watre because I don't know where it drifted from. XD

But to answer your question, you can't use driftwood after it's been burned. Even if it wasn't turned completely to ash, the wood that survived the fire is still unsafe. :(
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You also need to seperately test any wood before adding to a populated tank, as it can affect pH, hardness etc.
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It was a tree root from a fallin down tree. I live way out in the country with like no neighbors and the wood was in untouched woods way outback behind my house. It looks really cool since it twists because it's a root, so technically it isn't driftwood. So it is not safe at all now? What if I scrape of all the "black" edges?
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I really don't know, I can't find any information supporting or opposing what I said.
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I know, there really isn't very helpful information out there. :/ I know it would be easier to just buy one but I'm already pushing my parents since I asked them to buy me a 10 gallon.
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