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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:59 pm Post subject: sticky driftwood! Reply with quote

 Hi,
 I  recently  bought  a  driftwood  from  a  LFS  and  he  said  it  has  been  cured  and  can  be  put  in  in  the  tank  after  a  simple  wash.
 2  days  later  a  white  algae  style  material  is  visible  on  some  parts  of  the  wood.  I  immediately  removed  the  wood  and  found  it  slimy..
 is  it  some  kind  of  sap  coming  out?  if  so  will  it  have  affected  my  fish?
 would  appreciate  your  help!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:04 pm Post subject: Re: sticky driftwood! Reply with quote

 It  usually  happens..  and  if  you  have  a  algae  eater  like  golden  algae  eater  it  will  even  it  it.  It  used  to  happen  in  my  aquarium  also.  Never  harmed  my  fishes..
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:08 pm Post subject: Re: sticky driftwood! Reply with quote

 So  even  if  i  do  not  put  an  algae  eater  is  it  fine?  should  i  put  the  driftwood  back?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:09 pm Post subject: Re: sticky driftwood! Reply with quote

 Hi,
 Its  quite  normal,  any  drift  wood  if  kept  dry  for  a  few  weeks  will  have  the  same  effect  as  yours.
 It  will  go  away  in  a  few  weeks  of  time  after  submerging.
 When  some  one  says  a  driftwood  is  cured,  it  means  that  the  driftwood  does  not  leach  tannin  and  other  chemicals  into  your  tank.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:12 pm Post subject: Re: sticky driftwood! Reply with quote

 Thanks  a  lot  for  your  help  and  such  a  quick  response.!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:12 pm Post subject: Re: sticky driftwood! Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 Assuming  you  have  the  root/branch  wood  that  are  readily  available  these  days  in  lfs  -  
 Its  recommended  that  you  keep  these  wood  atleast  for  few  minutes  in  hot  water  to  kill  any  sort  of  fungus,  bacteria  etc  etc  and  i  am  pretty  sure  you  did  not.
 
 that  fungal  sort  of  growth  initially  on  these  wood  is  quite  normal  and  are  harmless.....remove  them  manually  and  after  sometime  they  will  stop  growing.....however  if  you  have  not  completed  your  setup...meaning  if  you  have  not  tied  any  moss  or  fern  onto  it  and  if  you  can  remove  it  from  the  tank...then  please  do  so  and  keep  it  in  hot/boiling  water  for  few  minutes  and  then  use  it.....
 
 hope  this  helps.
 
 thanks,
 Binesh
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:47 pm Post subject: Re: sticky driftwood! Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 Add  a  handful  of  Rock  salt  ,  let  the  driftwood  soak  in  boiling  water  for  an  hour.
 Give  it  a  good  scrub  and  it  should  be  good  to  go.
 
 Rgds,
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:10 pm Post subject: Re: sticky driftwood! Reply with quote

 thank  you.!
 though  i  have  not  added  any  moss  to  it..it  is  too  big  to  come  in  any  container  i  have..
 i  removed  and  scrubbed  it..but  boiling  doesnt  seem  to  be  possible  Sad
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:40 am Post subject: Re: sticky driftwood! Reply with quote

 Pour  boiling  water  over  it!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:12 pm Post subject: Re: sticky driftwood! Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 For  boiling  it  ....take  a  bucket  of  water  ,  use  an  immersion  heater,  heat  the  water  for  30  mins.
 Next  add  your  driftwood  into  the  bucket  of  hot  water  and  let  it  soak.
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