Driftwood For Plecos?

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Driftwood For Plecos?

Joined: 02 Nov 2007, 19:45

26 May 2009, 07:37 #1

I collected some driftwood at the beach for my plecs. Do I need to do anything to them first, wash them or something? Thanks.
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Robyn
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26 May 2009, 13:50 #2

For small pieces, I suggest boiling the wood in a pot of water on the stove. That will kill most bacteria, fungus, microorganisms, etc. as well as leach out the tannins and lignins which will turn the water brown. You may need to do it twice. If the wood is too large to boil, you can soak it in saltwater in a trash can. You can just add pond salt or aquarium salt. The salt helps disinfect it some. At the very least, you want to soak the wood in water in some container for a few weeks, changing the water as it browns up. There's a risk of adding something to your aquarium with the wood if it's untreated. That's not to say that things will go wrong but keep it in mind. Another problem with driftwood is that it may float depending on how old it is. You can anchor it down with something.

Also, see http://www.fishpondinfo.com/plants/decor2.htm#drift
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26 May 2009, 20:27 #3

Thank you for all the great advice! I bookmarked that page. The wood is small enough that I will boil it. Maybe I'll post some pictures of my plec's enjoying it!
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26 May 2009, 21:57 #4

Hi Robyn
Dont some leach back into the water ? :unsure:
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26 May 2009, 23:41 #5

If the driftwood is boiled first, only a little brown stuff will continue to leach out over time. If it's not boiled, it may turn the water brown quickly or even start to grow fungus for a wild piece of wood.
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01 Jun 2010, 10:57 #6

freespirit_horselove @ May 26 2009, 03:27 PM wrote: Thank you for all the great advice! I bookmarked that page. The wood is small enough that I will boil it. Maybe I'll post some pictures of my plec's enjoying it!
i would like to see these picture i am thinking of buying some borneo's again :)
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