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LuckyCricketMafia
10-01-2006, 10:52 AM
So they drained the lake by my house and I found some driftwood and was just wondering if it would be safe to use? And if so how I should prep it. I know to wash it and use a wire brush, but should I use bleach? And how long will it take it to be waterlogged? Here are some pics, it is about 3 feet long by 2 feet tall. Thanks guys

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j242/Nevernormalalwayscrazy/100_11002.jpg

LoJack
10-01-2006, 11:31 AM
thats a wicked looking piece of driftwood

ATG204
10-01-2006, 11:33 AM
just google "cleaning driftwood"

everyone has a different method but definitely use bleach if it came from the lake.

anything i buy at the store i'll soak for a few weeks to get rid of the tanins.

nice lookin piece

MisanthropeKitty
10-01-2006, 01:12 PM
wow thats an awesome piece... as for the waterlogging question... i have a piece that took over a month before it became truly waterlogged and i am still getting tannin out of it. since it is coming out of the lake i would think it wouldnt take too long to get all the tannins out of it or for it to re-waterlog itself.

LuckyCricketMafia
10-01-2006, 05:21 PM
Thanks guys, I did google it but all I got was bake or boil it and because of its size I can't.

ATG204
10-01-2006, 08:50 PM
i didn't read the whole article but i think the 5th or 6th paragraph is about bleaching.

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/article_view.php?faq=2&fldAuto=34


i always use a huge rubbermaid container to hold my driftwood while its soaking. a plastic garbage bin works good too

Morbid
10-02-2006, 07:56 PM
Damn that's a nice piece of wood. I'm totally green. :D

ATG204
10-02-2006, 08:08 PM
so LCM you haven't told us what type of fish are going to be enjoying that perdy piece of wood? getting some neo's?



(awesome avatar morbid :D )

LuckyCricketMafia
10-02-2006, 10:47 PM
Blue gouramis :) I got them with a used tank and was going to trade them in but I just like them so much. I think the wood is going to be a great addition to their planted tank. Thanks for the comments and the help guys

sonya818
10-03-2006, 06:33 AM
That is an awesome piece:D

ATG204
10-03-2006, 09:56 AM
gouramis hey....you know who likes gouramis...central american cichlids....:twisted:

Rob D
10-16-2006, 04:47 AM
Love to see some pics when the tank is done.

hidesherheart
10-16-2006, 04:44 PM
Pressure wash that piece of driftwood, we did that with the large piece in our 240, so far, no leaching, and it looked great!