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    Hey guys so I decided to go out the other day and cut down some small Beech tree branches for my 10 gallon. The tree is in the forest behind my house and I know the branches don't have anything harmful used on them such as pesticides. My question is do I have to remove the bark on them? I chose sticks that are about an inch in diameter but a couple of them have very small twigs on them. I don't know how to describe it other than that the branches have very small twigs branching off of them that would be impossible to remove of bark. Is it necessary to remove the bark on the branches to put them in my tank? I honestly really like the color and appearance of the bark.

    To clean them I was going to just scrub them under some boiling water, let them dry out, then bake them at about 450 degrees Fahrenheit, then let them soak in some boiling water until they're water-logged. Does that sound alright?
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    Are the dead branches, or cut from a living tree (as in they were live)?
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    +1 to the above question

    On fully dried out hard woods, the bark on them can still rot in time.

    Assuming this is fully dried out and solid hard wood, I would remove all of the bark and soak the wood for at least a few weeks to make sure it will not float
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    Oh no, these were cut from a tree. They're still fresh. Its still a bit green on the inside of some of the smaller parts of the branches but I've read in a few places that it doesn't matter. I collected a few other large branches, that don't have the intricate little twigs attached, that have most of their bark removed, are dead and dry but they break fairly easily. I'd prefer to use the fresh cut branches. What do you guys think?
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    I think live branches could cause some issues when they begin to rot.

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    I would allow the branch to age before putting it into the aquarium. A fresh branch contains chemical, such as tree sap, that in high concentration maybe harmful to your fish. Instead can you find any fallen branch that are old but not rotting?

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    Here is a list of tested aquarium safe tree species
    http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...nted-tank.html
    Keep in mind that it is assumed that the wood is old/aged and is not rotten.

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    I've been looking but most of the Beech branches that are around my house are big thick, straight-lined, stumps that'd look boring in my aquarium :/ I guess I'll just have to try and age the wood. I'll boil it a bit and then bake it, hopefully that kills anything inside of it. Then I'll leave it to dry over-winter.
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