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Very large pieces of driftwood..Curing help!

 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 11:12 am Post subject: Very large pieces of driftwood..Curing help! Reply with quote

 Hi  guys,
 I  have  got  these  rather  large  driftwood  pieces  for  my  display  tank.  (60x15x24  inches)
 
 I  was  just  wondering  with  what  methods  can  I  cure  it?
 It  is  really  very  difficult  to  boil  large  pieces  of  driftwood,  obviously  because  the  ones  i  have  are  over  2ft,  but  on  a  link  elsewhere  I  read  that  you  can  scrub  the  driftwood  with  hot  water..
 
 Do  you  guys  think  this  method  is  safe?  Will  it  harm  or  you  know,  spoil  the  piece?  Any  other  method?
 
 Thanks  and  regards,
 amod.
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 If  you  can  find  a  vessel  large  enough  to  put  the  wood  in,  soak  it  in  brine  for  a  week.  Then  rinse  thoroughly,  and  soak  it  in  fresh  water  for  however  long  it  takes  to  sink.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2006 1:48 am Post subject: Drift wood woes Reply with quote

 Hi  all,
 
 I  had  a  large  piece  of  good  looking  driftwood.  Curing  it  by  boiling  was  not  an  option  so  I  soaked  it  in  potassium  permanganate  for  a  week  and  rinsed  it  with  boiling  water,  about  5  times  a  day,  for  7  days.  About  2  weeks  back,  I  put  this  driftwood  in  one  of  my  tanks  (no  fishes  in  it).  
 
 I  thought  of  releasing  a  few  neon  tetras  in  the  tank  and  I  took  out  the  driftwood  to  trim  it.    On  the  outside,  the  wood  appeared  ok,  but  after  I  chopped  of  the  sides,  it  started  smelling  very  yucky.    I  didn't  put  it  back  into  the  tank  again,  just  kept  it  outside,  packed  in  a  plastic  sheet.
 
 I  have  never  used  a  driftwood  before  and  I  cant  figure  out  if  it's  normal.    My  guess  is  that  this  piece  of  wood  is  not  cured  properly.  
 
 Can  the  drifwood  experts  guide  me..?
 
 Regards,
 
 Abhishek
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 The  whole  rationale  behind  using  driftwood,  or  more  accurately  bogwood,  is  enough  time  has  passed  for  the  soft  tissues  in  the  wood  to  decay  and  the  hard  tissues  (lignin  etc)  will  decay  very  slowly  or  not  at  all.
 
 Sounds  like  you  have  a  piece  of  raw  or  uncured  wood,  that  has  a  lot  of  soft  tissue  left.  This  also  depends  on  the  type  of  wood  used.  The  best  course  of  action  is  to  let  the  wood  dry  out  and  "weather"  outdoors  for  several  months  before  soaking  it  again.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2006 3:47 pm Post subject: Driftwood woes Reply with quote

 Hi  Rahul,
 
 That  was  my  initial  guess,  but  I  wasnt  sure  as  I  have  never  dealt  with  it  before.  I  will  certainly  try  out  curing  it.
 
 Thanks  for  your  prompt  reply.
 
 Regards
 
 Abhishek
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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 8:27 pm Post subject: Bogwood or Driftwood ? Reply with quote

 Bogwood  or  drift  wood  ?
 Well  bog  wood  is  quit  heavy,  hard,  dark  in  color  and  it  sinks  pretty  soon  in  a  few  days.
 Drift  wood  is  any  wood  which  wood  drift  away  in  water,  any  color,  branches  of  trees  near  a  river  which  fall  in  the  river,  lakes  etc.  Certenally  not  good.
 We  have  used  a  lot  of  Bog  wood.  Actually  these  are  excellent  for  Aquarium  use.  
 The  Bogwood  should  be  totally  dry,  Scale  less.
 What  you  can  do  is  boil  the  wood  for  two  hours  in  a  big  drum,  and  clean  it  with  some  carpenters  tooks  to  remove  all  the  loose  coating  of  dust,  etc.  The  soak  it  in  fresh  water  for  few  weeks  keep  changing  water  frequently.
 After  boiling  the  wood  normally  sinks  immediately  as  the  air  sacks  inside  are  removed.
 Bansal
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