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I just bought some smaller pieces of driftwood off of Etsy. Seemed like good deal :)

After I bought them I got to thinking they are red cedar driftwood from the Carolina coast. Said it can be used for fish tanks, but am wondering if cedar is safe? Does anyone know....
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They are supposed to be safe for fish if aged enough (= no smell). What other people say in the seller's reviews?
 

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Well, looks like it is a new seller and has no feedback...........guess I'll take a chance and do like you say and give it a wiff, and probably soak it for a few days.
 

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Any wood could look aged if they have been in swamp for a couple of years, I guess. When you get the pieces, you should smell them.

BTW I think boiling is better than just soaking.
 

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Any wood could look aged if they have been in swamp for a couple of years, I guess. When you get the pieces, you should smell them.

BTW I think boiling is better than just soaking.
Absolutely boil any driftwood.

I sell Cholla and it is harvested with a permit from government-protected land so no chemicals, pesticides, etc. I still would not put it in my tanks without boiling at least 20 minutes.
 
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