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  1. Default "driftwood" question

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    Hello everyone. My question has to do with "driftwood". I wouldn't really call what I am using in my 20 gallon FW livebearer tank as "driftwood". It is hardwood that came to me from a dried up river bottom that I boiled for over two hours and then soaked even longer. I put it in my tank just now and it immediately sank. However, my question is this, other than maybe running activataed carbon, how can I get the smell that it's creating out of my water ? My pH is 8.0 and the tank is fully cycled and parameters are within normal ranges.

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    Since it sank immediately then it was pretty well water logged before you got it which means it is holding a lot of water from where it came from and you may not have gotten it all out in the boiling process. Now the rest is leaching into your tank and potentially causing the smell. Rot can be another factor. If there is any soft spots at all (usually discovered on the ends) then you have rot and that can also cause the smell. It probably won't hurt anything since you boiled it, but keep an eye out for anything weird. Besides the smell your water should turn brown with tannins, all I know to do is keep running the charcoal and perform large water changes to clear it out. Might take a few months depending on the size of the wood.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

    You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.

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    What does it smell like? If it's a bit of an earthy/natural "forest" kind of smell, then that's what wood/plants/other organic decorations tend to impart on tank water.
    If the smell is unpleasant to any degree though, then that might be an issue, as well as a pine tree smell.

  4. Default

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    Thanks for the replies so far. The wood isn't pine, I am sure of that, it's heavier and more dense. It stinks enough, "earthy", if you want call it that, to almost make me want to remove it. It almost smells like something died inside it but neither one of the two pieces are hollow.

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    If it smells enough to be unpleasant, it probably is an issue. Did it smell like this while you were boiling and soaking it?

  6. #6


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    Yeah that could be an issue. You might try boiling it again and then letting it sit in a bucket full of water for a while. If the water goes brown, change the water. If the smell doesn't go away after a while there might be something going on that you don't want in your tank. All my wood is sourced from the river and I'll be the first to admit that you really don't know what you're going to get.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

    You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.

  7. Default

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    I did a little more, literally, nosing around, and when I was boiling the wood it stunk up my apartment-moreso than the smell in my tank, but similar. But, I noticed the bucket of water that I soaked the driftwoo in overnight last night did not smell but now that I put the driftwood in my tank it does smell. (?).

  8. #8


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    Do you have any carbon? I'd run it for a few days before yanking the DW out of the tank, can't hurt
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  9. Default

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    Well, I think I've solved the driftwood problem-which I don't think was actually a driftwood problem afterall. Time to rinse out the old AquaClear filter sponge (boy, do I feel stupid). I'm sorry. Thanks everyone for the help.

  10. #10


    0 Not allowed! big whoop, we all have our little "duh" moments in the hobby, glad you got it figured out

    When are we gonna see a pic of this "driftwood" in the tank? are always welcome
    Last edited by Slaphppy7; 03-24-2014 at 10:51 PM.
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