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Hi all found this site looking for some info on my driftwood. I’m simply trying to find out if it’s a safe species to put in a fish tank. Any help is appreciated
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If it is real driftwood off the saltwater beaches ,I would not recommend it, it will be saturated with salt. If it is from freshwater, I would think twice as to what might be growing in the wood that would harm the fish. What ever is in the wood will keep growing and multiplying, and might be a fungus or pollutant or insects that could hatch and infest your house., who knows what. Myself I would stick to artificial trappings in a fish tank.

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Another driftwood id? Even tho you have only one post, that implies to me you have posted here before. And if so, joined before. You only need to join once.

You can take Herb's advice (advised), or just stick one in a fish tank and see what happens. Me, I can't think of any wood I would stick in a fish tank with fish.
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Why would you think this??? I don't understand but I have led a sheltered life.

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Another driftwood id? Even tho you have only one post, that implies to me you have posted here before. And if so, joined before. You only need to join once.

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[QUOTE=JOAT;1966725]Another driftwood id? Even tho you have only one post, that implies to me you have posted here before. And if so, joined before. You only need to join once.


I had the same thought, I do remember awhile back a question similar to this of identifying a piece of driftwood. It is almost impossible to identify drift wood from a picture because it all looks the same, washed out and discolored, and distorted grain. It has to be exposed to raw natural wood by shaving and sawing both lengthwise and cross grain to reach a reasonable conclusion as to what it might be.

In any event I would not myself put any in a fish tank with fish, they are very sensitive to anything in the water.

A similar thing happened to us years ago, my wife bought this Norfolk Pine plant from the big box store at the end of the season on sale. It was about 3' tall and came in a large pot. I made a dolly to put under it and we set it in the living room.

We had it a year or so , and we started to find 3" long red centipedes around the house. Then one day as I was watering the tree the soil started moving and there was hundreds of centipedes of all sizes coming out of the soil.
I immediately removed the potted tree to the patio and sprayed it with a bug killer. it killed the insects and the tree.
My point is that what ever is brought into the house carries what ever in on it outside.
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Hey, Brenda; I've done that and never had a problem...didn't care about the species of wood as long as it wasn't Cedar. And that was just erring on the side of caution. What you do need to do is let the wood wash naturally for a loooong time!
Leaving it in a 5 gal or preferably larger pail/barrel, out in the rain over the Winter should do it. Avoid any chemical cleaners!!! If you happened to have a fast moving stream on your property, that'd be perfect; in fact that's exactly where I went to find my driftwood in the first place.
Salt is not a bad thing in a freshwater tank, in very slight concentrations.
If you're still concerned about organisms, your local aquarium shop has disinfectants, for want of a better word.
Personally Iwouldn't bother; wood is naturally antibacterial.
I believe the driftwood sold for tanks has been steam treated, but how on earth could you do that at home?
Any creepy crawlies still in the wood are fish food...
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Hi, again; I went looking for pics of natural driftwood, and found this article...
https://pethelpful.com/fish-aquarium...d-In-Aquariums

I'd forgotten all about the tannin thing.
Really good info in that article.
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Thanks for the positive help guys and to the guy thinking I’m making multiple accounts to ask the same question that’s just dumb. I googled driftwood identification and this site came up so I thought you guys might be able to help. I would simply ask again not make another account
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Thanks for the positive help guys and to the guy thinking Iím making multiple accounts to ask the same question thatís just dumb. I googled driftwood identification and this site came up so I thought you guys might be able to help. I would simply ask again not make another account
Brenda; this thing about identifying driftwood comes up here once in a while. Theo's reaction wasn't intended to be offensive.
Here's the thing about 'driftwood'; it has no bark (likely), no, flowers, no fruit, and no tree or bush form. All or some of the aforementioned characteristics are needed for a casual ident. A wood lab would look at cell structure, and DNA for positive ID; and you could go that route, but I'm guessing that it wouldn't be inexpensive!
For most purposes in woodworking, driftwood is just that. Here in the Pacific North West, beach driftwood has been bleached by the sun, soaked in salt water and scoured by sand; eventually it's reduced by nature to organic grit, just part of the beach environment.
I know some guys in my area salvage driftwood logs for firewood...no way in Hell would I let my chainsaw anywhere near that sand encrusted stuff!
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Sorry; forgot to say I like your choice of driftwood! How big is your tank(s)?
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