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    I know there are a million threads on DIY driftwood but I couldnt find anything about this. I found a nice piece of driftwood at a local lake. So I brought it home wire brushed it and baked it for 10min at 325deg. My question is if I just let it float at the top instead of trying to sink it will it still release tannins?
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    I doubt you will have much tannins from it.
    You could sit a rock on it in a bucket for a few days and monitor the amount of tannins released that way.
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    Yeah that was my original plan but its just like 2 in to long to fit into a 5gal bucket. I guess I could just soak it that way since Im planning on floating it in the tank anyway.
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    If you have a lid on your tank, it is not a good idea to let the wood float in there. The area between the water surface and the lid is a very warm, damp environment. Perfect conditions for mold and bacteria to grow. The wood can rot and foul your tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingFisher
    If you have a lid on your tank, it is not a good idea to let the wood float in there. The area between the water surface and the lid is a very warm, damp environment. Perfect conditions for mold and bacteria to grow. The wood can rot and foul your tank.
    I never thought of that, I sure wouldnt want that would I. Maybe I should sink it after all.
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    Just pile some rocks on it. It can be done to look quite natural

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    I decided just to sink it. Its soaking as we speak. Thanks for your help everyone.
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    I understand that java moss will grow above the waterline. That can be planted on floating wood to prevent molds from growing on top of the wood.
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    So the piece of wood I found must have had alot of water already soaked into it. I put it in the bucket yesterday and its already sunk.

    I baked it and wire brushed it. Thats all I need to do to make it tank safe right?
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    So the piece of wood I found must have had alot of water already soaked into it. I put it in the bucket yesterday and its already sunk.

    I baked it and wire brushed it. Thats all I need to do to make it tank safe right?
    Pretty much. If you find that it's turning the water brown from tannins sometimes boiling it can help if you can find a pot big enough to hold it.
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