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|Subject: Drift Wood Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:30 pm|| |
Where i live on the coast there is always bits of driftwood being washed up on the tide line. My question is can i use it?
I was thinking of soaking it in a large bucket outside for a couple of weeks with a load of carbon to soak up any nasties.
What is the concensus?
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|Subject: Re: Drift Wood Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:59 pm|| |
I would be a bit concerned about getting all the salt out...
I have done this with seashells but thats a lot different
Im sure some of the other guys and gals will know lots more!
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|Subject: Re: Drift Wood Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:12 pm|| |
I've done it with driftwood. Soaked it outside for a few days in rainwater then put it in the tank- been there 6 months with no problems at all
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|Subject: Re: Drift Wood Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:48 pm|| |
yeah, my concern would also be for the salts in the wood. I would think that if you soaked it for a while, maybe 2 weeks you should be ok. That might be overkill as Parkadge said but better safe than sorry.
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|Subject: Re: Drift Wood Thu Mar 10, 2011 1:09 am|| |
Check the density of the wood
Lots of salt that you get with wood of the coast seems to hollow out the integrity of the wood,
eg : if you burn the drift wood of the beach -watch how quick it burns compared to hardwood from a freshwater system.
There's no point putting wood in your tank if it's going to rot in 12 months and yup wash the hell out of it .