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Driftwood Prep vs. Chem Contamination

Discussion in 'Are you new to aquatic plants? Start here' started by ** UncleEl **, Apr 23, 2009.

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    ** UncleEl ** Junior Poster

    Apr 15, 2009
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    Hello Forum-mates:

    I'm in count-down mode in gathering equip, driftwood, substrate materials, etc. to set up my next tank.

    I have two nice pieces of driftwood to prep for use. I know that I need to clean & presoak it in boiling water to kill bad organisms, release excess tannins, and waterlog it. Do I need to add declorinator chemicals to the water before soaking? I'm concerned about a bad chemical reaction due to the increased heat when using boiling water. I am a fanatic about chemical contamination. Am I being overly concerned?

    Also, my plan is to have the tank up & running by June 21. How much time can you estimate that I'll need to properly soak & waterlog my driftwood?

    Thanks in advance. Uncle El.

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