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    Question Wood

    Looking for safe wood around metro area. Needs to be fairly large. I looked into purchasing from fish stores but it is just too darn expensive, even online (due to shipping costs). I am wondering if there is something that is safe that could be picked up from around the forests/lakes in the area.

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    Best wood is driftwood from a salt water beach. Get the stuff that's been bleached clean by the ocean, it'll darken up once submersed.
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    I've read that there is lots of salt deep down in the wood and who knows what else. I wonder how safe drift wood is to use. There sure is tons of it around here so

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    It's 100% safe , I've been using it for 10+ years
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DevonC Click here to enlarge
    It's 100% safe , I've been using it for 10+ years
    +1. Me too. I can't even go to the beach now without looking. It annoys my wife lol. I have a large piece I brought home my PEI cottage trip last year. It's been floating in my 125 discus tank for months trying to water log. I find the wood very hard(dense) and takes a long time to soak through.

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    Well off to the beach I go then! I want some wood and certainly not willing to pay like 40-60$ for a tiny piece. My tank is 60 gallon so I need a significant amount

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    Yep at beach .

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    Like they all said best there is......before you put I in the tank strip off any remaining bark
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    Also just a tip , boiling will help it water log and sink, for large prices too big to boil soaking in very hot water still speeds up the process.
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    Thank you all so much for the responses. I think I am set on going to a beach and finding a piece of drift wood. I may even go today! :) Can't wait

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    I've done the same thing.. I have 4 nice smaller pieces in my tanks. A couple have been weathered possibly in a hurricane, according to a person I talked to in Florida. I usually bring mine home, rinse it well, then boil it to make sure nothing bad is still in the wood. Never ever have I had a problem with this method. Just make sure you let it cool before you put it in the tank.
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