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01-14-2013, 08:28 PM #1
Malaysian driftwood question
I'm adding 2 peaces of malaysian driftwood and just have a few questions. I've been soaking it in boiling water for 3 days now but just read that it is fine to throw it in the tank as soon as I buy it. Is this true? When I touch the wood its still very sappy and not sure if I should put it in till the sap is gone. Also not sure of the best way to get rid of the sap. Thanks
01-14-2013, 08:49 PM #2
0Originally Posted by Limming
55g African Cichlid tank -
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01-15-2013, 02:19 AM #3
Yep I figured that boiling would be the only good way to get rid of the sap. Just out of curiosity is the sap bad for the fish?
01-15-2013, 03:37 AM #4
What sap? Driftwood usually does not come from species of yes that have sin or other sticky fluids in them, and also are dried and processed. If you are referring to the tannins the driftwood leaches that turn the water brownish, then that's completely harmless, even beneficial to fish. It's only the aquarist who doesn't like it. If you are talking about something slippery or slimy on the piece of wood then it might be mold. Some mold sometimes forms on new pieces of driftwood. As far as I know there are no reports of it harming fish and in my own experience nerites love eating it.
01-15-2013, 04:32 AM #5
When I take the wood out of the bucket its soaking in I get a sticky substance on my hands. The only thing I can think of is sap even though it seems odd.
01-15-2013, 03:23 PM #6
I have a lot of Malaysian in my tank. All I've ever done is soak it in the hottest water that your tap produces. I do this for 2 days changing the water when it cools down.
01-15-2013, 04:12 PM #7
0I've been soaking it in boiling water for 3 days now but just read that it is fine to throw it in the tank as soon as I buy it. Is this true?
+1 to stickyness/sap not being typical for DW... . This was specified for aquarium use?
Most of my DW is too large to boil, I have never bothered doing anything other than simply rinsing it off and I WC the tannins out with my weekly changes for as long as it takes. [Some I have had to pre-soak to sink, Sometimes for months.]
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01-15-2013, 04:18 PM #8
0Originally Posted by 850R