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    Default DRIFTWOOD specialists needed

    I was looking to use some type of driftwood for my pleco breeding aquarium and can i just grab some wood from outside and clean it or something? or what? and to save a thread.... what if i drilled some holes in the wood made it a little hollow then used it for the plecos (they're bristlenose)?
    125 Gallon - 1 Oscar, 1 Common Plecostomus, 1 Peacock Eel, 1 Clown Plecostomus.
    40 Gallon (Breeder) - 3 King Tiger Plecostomus.
    20 Gallon - 2 Royal Plecostomus.
    20 Gallon - 2 Ocellaris Clownfish.
    20 Gallon (Breeder) - 2 Bristlenose Plecostomus.
    10 Gallon - Holds Live Bait, 1 Plecostomus (not live bait).
    10 Gallon - Guppy Breeder tank.
    TEMPORARY - 55 Gallon - 1 Oscar.
    Soon--Hopefully--More!!
    Maybe Not

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    If you know that the tree it came from hasn't been strayed or treated with some pesticide you can.
    Problem (other than pesticides) is that most wood is very buoyant.
    I usually soak wood down in my rain barrel for 6 or so months to make it heavy enough to sink on its own, this also allows tannins to leach out that would turn your water brown.
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    Or you can drill or saw out sections and jam rocks into it weigh it down.
    You could also find wood already saturated in a river or lake, but then you run the risk of introducing a disease or parasite to your fish, or bringing in a pesky strain of algae.
    Often times boiling the wood can lessen that risk.
    The wood below I found in lake Michigan had a colony of zebra mussels


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    Pesky Mussels. So what if I like literally burnt the wood in a fire pit for about a minute, boiled it, drilled in holes for the plecos, added rocks, then let it sit in water? would that shorten the time?
    125 Gallon - 1 Oscar, 1 Common Plecostomus, 1 Peacock Eel, 1 Clown Plecostomus.
    40 Gallon (Breeder) - 3 King Tiger Plecostomus.
    20 Gallon - 2 Royal Plecostomus.
    20 Gallon - 2 Ocellaris Clownfish.
    20 Gallon (Breeder) - 2 Bristlenose Plecostomus.
    10 Gallon - Holds Live Bait, 1 Plecostomus (not live bait).
    10 Gallon - Guppy Breeder tank.
    TEMPORARY - 55 Gallon - 1 Oscar.
    Soon--Hopefully--More!!
    Maybe Not

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    I find patience to be the only practical solution, unless you find some very dense wood, heavy enough to sink.
    I believe one of the reasons people use mopani, is that it easily sinks, due to its dnsity. But it can still turn your tank water the color of tea, if not soaked a while.

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    Alright I will do with patience.
    125 Gallon - 1 Oscar, 1 Common Plecostomus, 1 Peacock Eel, 1 Clown Plecostomus.
    40 Gallon (Breeder) - 3 King Tiger Plecostomus.
    20 Gallon - 2 Royal Plecostomus.
    20 Gallon - 2 Ocellaris Clownfish.
    20 Gallon (Breeder) - 2 Bristlenose Plecostomus.
    10 Gallon - Holds Live Bait, 1 Plecostomus (not live bait).
    10 Gallon - Guppy Breeder tank.
    TEMPORARY - 55 Gallon - 1 Oscar.
    Soon--Hopefully--More!!
    Maybe Not

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