Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 11:12 am Post subject: Very large pieces of driftwood..Curing help!
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?
Joined: May 07, 2005 Posts: 86 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Sat Jan 21, 2006 1:48 am Post subject: Drift wood woes
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.
Joined: Jul 09, 2003 Posts: 3496 Location: Trivandrum, Kerala
Posted: Sat Jan 21, 2006 7:30 am Post subject:
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.
Posted: Sun May 21, 2006 8:27 pm Post subject: Bogwood or Driftwood ?
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.
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