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kel
03-29-2010, 12:01 AM
Up here in Oak Harbor there is a mountain of driftwood that piles up on all the beaches surrounding my house. Question is, is driftwood found in the ocean ok to use in a freshwater aquarium?

I know it needs to be soaked forever and boiled and whatnot but if I can use it I can save a ton of cash. My clown pleco would be in driftwood heaven!

Any help would be great :22:

Northernguy
03-29-2010, 12:07 AM
Sounds like you know the routine! lol
You can test the ph and hardness in the water to see if its making a difference.
Make sure you change the water often.
I boil mine outside on a propane stove.

kel
03-29-2010, 12:23 AM
I was mostly worried about it having a large amount of salts stored that might leach out even after the soaking.

Sounds like my wife and I will be going hunting for wood next weekend thumbs2:

wolf_eyes
03-29-2010, 12:27 AM
Yep, sure can. A good amount of my driftwood in my old tanks was taken from the ocean. You should change the water everyday until the smell of salt goes away when you have your nose an inch above the water. After that every three to four days is good. Make sure even big pieces get boiled/cleaned though. Some people put them in a shower with the heat on as high as possible. My roommate and I put them in the dishwasher with no soap.

kel
03-29-2010, 12:43 AM
Thats great news :)

So..... does it ever stop floating? Or is a creative anchor system in order?

wolf_eyes
03-29-2010, 12:47 AM
It took, if I remember correctly, 2 to 3 weeks for all pieces of driftwood to become waterlogged in the tub we were using. I'm sure you know already but always use something to waterlog the wood that you don't normally use for the tank. My roommate and I used one of her storage tubs she wasn't using at the time.

annageckos
03-29-2010, 01:19 AM
Some pieces won't sink or will take a long time to. You can attach a piece of slate to the bottom by drilling a hole through both wood and slate and using a screw.

Aeonflame
03-29-2010, 01:23 AM
All of my driftwood were collected on the beach. A few weeks of soaking and constant water changes and I was good to go.

kel
03-29-2010, 01:34 AM
This is all good new thumbs2:

I originally hadn't planned on having any driftwood in my 55g at all but, after doing some looking around I came to realize that our plain old pleco as it was sold to us as is actually a Clown Pleco that needs driftwood to nom on :questionmarks:

I have a piece soaking now, hopefully my Cycle and the wood will both finish up at the same time lol.

tanks4thememories
03-29-2010, 01:42 AM
Up here in Oak Harbor there is a mountain of driftwood that piles up on all the beaches surrounding my house. Question is, is driftwood found in the ocean ok to use in a freshwater aquarium?

I know it needs to be soaked forever and boiled and whatnot but if I can use it I can save a ton of cash. My clown pleco would be in driftwood heaven!

Any help would be great :22:


I have herd stories of people having no problems but usually it is the opposite. Personally I think it depends on the type of wood and how long it was in the ocean, but that is just my opinion and no real way to test that theory on a random piece that is found.

kel
04-10-2010, 03:36 AM
*UPDATE*

Well, my piece of wood I picked up has been soaking for about a week now and the water only had a slight hint of yellow to it today so I mounted it and have it placed in my tank :)

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/985/medium/IMGP1123.JPG

It fits there perfectly :19: Only problem is now the other side of the tank looks barren lol...

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/985/medium/IMGP1126.JPG

maybe another piece is in order... or more plants.. Or Both! thumbs2:

wolf_eyes
04-10-2010, 04:05 AM
Wow what a beautiful piece of wood, I'm pretty jealous lol. That's a great looking piece, very nice find. If you moved the cave on the far right a little to the left it might not look so barren. You could always add some more plants too

kel
04-10-2010, 04:25 AM
Thanks :) I think I'm gonna go with a few more plants and maybe a smallish piece of driftwood... have all weekend to go hunting and will get me out of the house lol (took a week of leave this week and have been driving the wife crazy pacing around the house looking for work to do lol...)

Northernguy
04-10-2010, 04:43 AM
Nice job on the wood!thumbs2:
It looks great in the tank.
I usually have a few peices of driftwood ready for another tank!lol

wolf_eyes
04-10-2010, 04:43 AM
Sounds like a good plan, especially if you're driving the wife crazy lol.

kel
04-10-2010, 10:43 PM
Well, we just got back from the beach and I have new finds to get setup

Group Shot:
http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/500/medium/IMGP1136.JPG

Beach Stones:
http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/500/medium/IMGP1138.JPG

Root Find:
http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/500/medium/IMGP1139.JPG

About a 2foot piece with a large knothole in one end. Thought it was interesting.
http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/500/medium/IMGP1140.JPG

While we were walking up and down I noticed that the sand on the beach is a real dark slate color... is there a way to make the sand safe for freshwater use? Or is that going to far lol... It is a really nice color and could definitely find a use for it if I could safely.

Aeonflame
04-10-2010, 10:45 PM
Ive tried the beach sand thing... not a good idea. Its impossible to clean properly... not to mention getting the salt out. Great finds btw

kel
04-10-2010, 11:12 PM
Ive tried the beach sand thing... not a good idea. Its impossible to clean properly... not to mention getting the salt out. Great finds btw

I was afraid of that. It's too bad too.. it is the color of those Grey stones I found with a sprinkling of white mixed in.