Buying used driftwood

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  1. Adam

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    Hi all.
    If I purchase driftwood (or rock, plants etc) that is in an existing tank, what steps should i follow so as to ensure that I am not introducing any unwanted organisms (diseases etc) into my tank.
     
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    Put driftwood in boiling water for 20min or so
     
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    I read recently its dangerous to boil rocks as they can explode...
     
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    I usually scrub everything with salt and i have never had a problem
    You can also wash ith a solution of bleach and then soak in some dechlorinator
     
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    Hello and thank you all for the advice.
     
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    It depends on what the aim of the driftwood is.

    If you are going to use it purely for aquascaping, prepare by trimming and sanding down sharp edges, boil for 30 min or longer in water, take out of pot and let cool down, then scrub with salt and rinse down with water from tank.

    When using for medicinal purposes, you'll want to save the tannins and shorten the boiling time.

    If used to feed plecos, try to retain most of the bark by submerging driftwood in de-chlorinated water for up to a week, then scrub with salt and rinse down with water from tank. If driftwood have not lost its buoyancy, extend soaking period or use heights/stones to keep submerged. It is normal for some fungal growth to appear on wood during soaking period.

    PS: Remember that the use of driftwood tend to lower the ph of your tanks water over a long period, use crushed coral to counter the ph drop.
     
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