Thread: Petrified wood as decor
09-07-2012, 02:42 AM #1
Petrified wood as decor
I've read a few threads and I realize that it's safe to use since it's pretty much just rock. I've got two large chunks that I'd like to put into a 29 gallon tank that I'm starting up. I scrubbed the rocks pretty good in the sink and when they're wet they have a very distinct odor. Is that abnormal or just part of what it does? I don't want to fill the tank and put fish in and have my rock kill all the new fish. Do I need to worry? Does anybody else have petrified wood that smells?
09-07-2012, 03:07 AM #2
Should be very safe, and normal.I tested 97% positive for Multiple Tank Syndrome
King of the Virtual [Cory] Catfish
09-08-2012, 01:27 AM #3
So since it smells when it's wet do I have anything to worry about when I fill the tank? Who else has petrified wood that can lend an answer?
09-08-2012, 02:51 AM #4
What does it smell like?
09-08-2012, 03:17 AM #5
I don't know how to describe it, but maybe kinda musty.
09-08-2012, 03:19 AM #6
It is a wet rock after all... and was probably sitting in some bin at your LFS for quite a while.
Just let it dry out in the sun for a day and you should be more than okay putting it in your tank.
09-10-2012, 10:32 PM #7Junior Member Guppy
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Hello CJ5, I'm in the process of setting a (kinda) rivertank for my Hill Stream Loaches, white clouds n red cherry shrimp. The loaches n cherry shrimp in particular need v clean water to survive. I've been cheerfully rinsing and chucking in pretty rocks and wood found in my yard to no ill effect. I did give a good scrub to those particularly caked in soil. I even rinsed and used a rock I found in my local dog park (!)
When I was researching the subject, I did find this piece of advice which cropped up several times: some types of rocks may affect pH of water, so, if you drop any old white vinegar on a rock, and it fizzes, it may affect pH, if it duzn't ur safe.
PS: I'm very happy with the progress of my "river tank", and especially pleased that most of it was stuff I'd found myself. Cool cool feeling.
PS: I also have a nice big chunk of petrified wood, looks great and has caused no probs. Good Luck!CyberFish
09-10-2012, 10:35 PM #8Junior Member Guppy
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PPS: the borneos n shrimp have been living with their rocks n wood for months with as I said, no probs at all, and they suck away on said rocks n wood for the aufwuchs (little organisms that grow in algae) to no ill effect. Again, good luck dude.CyberFish