How to make large driftwood safe for your tank.
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Softwoods aren't good for aquariums (they rot) and you don't want to use any resinous wood either, like pine or cedar. Some woods are also too sappy or they leach poisonous compounds into the water. I've heard that elm and walnut are both dangerous in that regard.
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I have taken the piece of driftwood I want to use and cleaned it up with a sander to remove all of the soft or rotten wood. I also put it in a oven at 180° for 6hrs the first day and then for 3hrs at 225°. My hope is that should have killed any unwanted bacteria or anything that could harm my tank. It is currently soaking in a tub of dechlorinated water. Any ideas of how long I should soak it. It has been 4 days now and it's not even close to wanting to sink.
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It sounds like some cool driftwood if it's that big! I should go check out local rivers I guess haha. Would love to see pictures after it's finished soaking!
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Here is an article I ran across. I have treated some in my tub using the methods mentioned in this article. I was able to tell one piece that was really cool was soft wood during the process and had to toss it. http://www.aquariumadvice.com/driftwood/