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    Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

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    H2O Nyck
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    Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by H2O Nyck on Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:13 pm

    so i have been on the hunt for driftwood for the 120 gallon tank, here are two pieces that i have came across on my recent trips to the lake. thoughts are welcome as always!
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by Fern on Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:25 pm

    You will want to boil or bake them before you use them. Boiling is better, it helps get them waterlogged, sterilizes them and releases some of the tannins.
    Very nice looking pieces for sure!
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by H2O Nyck on Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:29 pm

    Yeah i plan to spray them down with a solution of water and potassium pangamate, this way they will be clean of all parasites and stuff and wont hurt the tank if a tiny amount stays on. may also run them through the dishwasher. but that is before I put the P.P. on them. dont want that stuff in the dishwasher!
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by Fern on Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:54 pm

    Dishwashers have bits of soap in them, don't do that. Just scrub them down with hot water.
    Never used PP myself. I have a ginormous pot that I cook my wood in, also use it for stew sometimes Laughing
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by H2O Nyck on Sat Mar 19, 2011 1:20 pm

    I wish i had a pot large enough for these guys! I would need a pot twice the size of a turkey fryer!
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by FishVixen on Sat Mar 19, 2011 2:14 pm

    I put mine in the tub full of hot water and pour puts of boiling water on them every 3 to 5 min. for about one hour.
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by Fern on Sat Mar 19, 2011 5:59 pm

    There ya go!

    On my sticks that wont fully fit in my pot I just flip them from time to time.
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by alan j t on Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:30 pm

    nice find
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by H2O Nyck on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:59 am

    So after cleaning them and putting them through some tests I decided that i would soak one at a time on the 55 gallon before I put them in the 120, the first one barely fit on the 55 it was almost to long, but it soaked there for about two weeks and only had to change the water three times, because of tannins leaching into the water. so i moved it to the 120 yesterday, and got the other one ready for the 55 gallon so here are some pictures.

    and the 55 gallon


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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by FishVixen on Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:04 pm

    Wow Looks great
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by H2O Nyck on Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:13 pm

    and now the 55 gallon with wood in it, the picture thing is acting up, so i had to do another post.



    This one will also go in the 120 after soaking for a while, and the 55 gallon im thinking will become my first real planted tank.
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by Fern on Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:26 pm

    Oh those are super nice pieces!
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by alan j t on Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:04 pm

    looking good
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by FishVixen on Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:17 pm

    love the look with the background and wood I would leave the wood in it and plant it. I can see nice moss growing on the wood.
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by Ben on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:43 pm

    Looks good man. Like the second piece a lot.
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by Fern on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:49 pm

    I agree, that one piece looks awesome in the 55g! That is a centerpiece for sure!!
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by alan j t on Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:47 am

    are you going to put some plants tied to it?
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by H2O Nyck on Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:07 pm

    I will start adding plants as soon as i can catch all the Platys that are having babies like crazy and get some new lights and build a stand and canpoy for the tank.
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by dano on Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:21 pm

    You need one of these to take care of all the babies.
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by Fern on Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:01 pm

    Tiger datnodis are neat!
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by steves_kiki on Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:56 pm

    I also love the 2nd piece! Very nice looking wood samples!
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by alan j t on Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:01 pm

    looks nice in the big tank, are those keyholes cichlis
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by dano on Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:52 am

    Fern........The pic in my post is an African Leaf Fish I had.
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by steves_kiki on Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:17 am

    How many platys do you have? I assume a lot.... what kind?
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    Re: Driftwood for the 120 gallon.

    Post by Fern on Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:51 am

    Well I was kinda close Dano Laughing Pretty fish none the less!

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