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    How many of you guys and girls make your own driftwood?

    I've made several pieces with oak, which is aquarium safe. The process? Oh it's easy!

    1) select your aquarium-safe wood
    2) put driftwood in a large-enough container (kitchen sink, food-safe 5 gallon bucket, etc)
    3) add boiling water and let soak until wood is cool to the touch.
    4) peel bark
    5) resoak in boiling water until wood is cool to the touch
    5) peel off secondary bark layer
    6) repeat soaking process until you're satisfied with the color of the water after soaking.

    That's it. Super easy and super affordable! And if you get it from your own tree, it's super free!

    You could possibly avoid step 5 if you peel the initial layer of bark deep enough.
    You could also peel the bark before soaking but it'll take longer since the soaking process "tenderizes" the bark.

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    All of my DW was found from a local lake...most of it I siliconed to slate, because I was tired of soaking it
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    All of my DW was found, as well. We've had terrific fun, in our searching expeditions.

    I need more tanks, just to hold the rest of my collection..... my husband does not seem to agree, for some reason. hahaha

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    Were you able to identify the wood?

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    I'm not sure who you were asking. I was, yes.

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    I just brought home a latge piece of driftwood i found while visiting the ozarks.

    I wasnt aware that bark removal was optional.

    I also like the idea of pouring boiling water on the wood as it is too large to fit anything but a garbage can! I wasnt sure how i was going to make that work.

    Thanks for the great advice!

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    Timely thread as I am setting up a tank. I also intended to grab some from the lake and river. Is there a procedure for detoxifying it? This may sound crazy but I wondered if it could be soaked in a bleach water solution, then repeatedly soaked in a clear water rinse? Boiling a large piece of would is going to be challenging.

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    Yes you certainly can @OnTheFly can also let the piece sun back for several days and this will also guarantee you kill any hitchhikers :)

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    Hi guys what wood is not suitable for aquariums??

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    Any resinous wood is not suitable (evergreens, etc)
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