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Northern Ontario Driftwood

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#1 jimmy chonga

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 08:43 PM

With the spring coming around, just asking some questions about driftwood. My parents land/water is an old sawmill from the late 1800's  


if i can get a big enough piece I'm going to experiment with drilling some holes as I've seen another member do


Got a piece of cedar driftwood, but it was too soft, and less than a year later the plecos have all but chewed it up. I know on the land there is sunken pine, hemlock, oak, cedar, maple. Obviously the harder woods will make for longer lasting driftwood


Questions: anyone have experience with these?

should I boil before putting in the tank or just leave out in the sun for a week?



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Posted 01 March 2017 - 09:23 PM

Tried just about everything.  Pretty hard to tell what is what once its been in the sun for a decade or so or under water for several years.  I have NEVER boiled wood before, never will either.  Just because they are eating it in a year or 2 isn't a bad thing.   Its what they do.


Anything that has been in the water for a bunch of years and isn't floating will more then likely be just fine. Hit it with a hose on high pressure to try to clean off the mud and toss it in the tank.


Freshly cut wood is an entirely different story.

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#3 Bwhiskered


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Posted 02 March 2017 - 12:21 AM

I never boil driftwood. If it is dirty I scrub it with a brush under the tap. Some I get that is water logged in my cottage lake and some comes from the shores of Lake Ontario and Erie. Some is put in a water barrel in the yard where it can take up to a couple of years to sink. Some plecos even like to hang on to floating pieces. Some make good caves if you drill them.

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