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  1. Default Mesquite wood for DIY driftwood


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    I cannot seem to find a straight answer no matter how hard I look ( maybe not hard enough) , what I need to know is that with proper curing such as this:\
    Cleaning driftwood

    Driftwood needs to be cleaned before placement. Use a clean brush to scrub the driftwood thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris. Do not use soap or any chemical cleansers. Any residue from these products could poison your aquarium. The cleaned driftwood will then need to be soaked to saturate and “cure.”

    Curing driftwood

    Though most driftwood will remain submerged underwater, some driftwood remains slightly buoyant until it is fully saturated and “waterlogged.” Soak the driftwood in a large bucket as long as possible, making sure the entire piece is completely underwater. A minimum period of 1 to 2 weeks is recommended to allow total saturation.

    Soaking also allows excess tannins that can darken and discolour the water to leach out. The discoloration caused by the tannins will not harm your aquarium inhabitants, but it will lower the pH slightly over time. Some hobbyists take advantage of this feature and utilize the tannins to achieve soft water conditions preferred by many tropical fish.

    Monitor the soaking driftwood regularly to see if the water needs to be changed. As the water darkens, empty all of the water and gently rinse the driftwood. Fill the bucket with clean dechlorinated or reverse osmosis (RO) water and continue soaking the driftwood. As you repeat this process, you will notice that the water will appear to cause les ‘tea-staining’. When you no longer notice any significant discolouration for several days in a row, the driftwood is ready for placement.

    Boiling driftwood

    Boiling driftwood has several benefits. Just like steeping a tea bag in hot water, boiling driftwood in a large stockpot will encourage more tannins to leach out faster, thereby considerably shortening the curing process. More importantly, boiling sterilizes the driftwood, killing algal or fungal spores that can take hold once introduced into the aquarium with the driftwood. Boiling the driftwood for 1-2 hours will effectively sterilize the driftwood.

    Can Mesquite wood be used in an aquarium for driftwood? I know that oaks and most hardwoods can, I just want to know if Mesquite wood can be used safely.
    Thank you. :)

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    To the best of my knowledge it's a resinous tree. Those are generally not safe.

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    Agree.

    Malaysian Driftwood is my favourite; it is heavy so it sinks without soaking, the tannins are not too bad and dissipate fairly quickly, it has tunnels (depending upon the piece) which is ideal for catfish and loaches, and being very dark brown it looks natural in any setup.

    If I buy it dry, I sometimes soak it in a pail for a day or two. But that's it.

    Byron.

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    Okay thank you very much, seems all I could find if half of an answer either way with no reasoning then a switch to how to tell a hardwood from others lol. I am hoping to find local driftwood from my property.. Mesquite is plentiful out here but so texas persimmon and Oak. I am sure I can find some oak lying around if I look hard enough. Thanks again and if anyone else has some good info on types of Local South Texas DIY driftwood selections I am all ears. :)

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    persimmon, that's a fruit tree, isn't it? Those are generally safe.

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    Yeah persimmon is a fruit tree, Texas persimmon is not as pretty as regular persimmon but a fruit none the less. I will look into that path then. Really hoping to do most of this from natural materials around the property .. would be cool.

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    Can you get to Choke Canyon or Calaveras Lake? I've picked up some nice pieces of driftwood from our local rivers and lakes.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    Yeah I can get to both , I might even try the Median natural area off of hwy 16 now that you mention it. Thanks for bringing that up!

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    You're welcome. Driftwood is too expensive to buy. I often walk the banks of the Guadalupe and Comal rivers to find nice pieces and occasionally I make the short drive to Canyon Lake or the San Marcos river. Sometimes it takes a while to find good pieces, but with the lower water levels right now you should be able to find some nice ones.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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