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PostSubject: Bogwood - what do you do?   Tue Nov 17, 2009 9:05 pm

I have always just soaked my bogwood for a couple of weeks before putting in the tank, but recently I've seen a few people say (not on this forum, but others) that they boil their wood first.

Does anyone else do this? I have been doing the wrong thing?? I have a new bit soaking at the moment, hence the question.

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PostSubject: Re: Bogwood - what do you do?   Tue Nov 17, 2009 9:11 pm

If the piece is small enough to fit in a pan and its really dirty I boil it. Just makes it sink faster. If the piece is larger I take it to a car wash and use the power washer without soap or anything to clean it then throw in my pond to soak till it sinks.

Its basically how much you want to mess with it.
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PostSubject: Re: Bogwood - what do you do?   Tue Nov 17, 2009 9:58 pm

High Angela, the only draw back to boiling your wood is breaks down the woods integrity and therefore leads to quicker rotting in your tank.
I guess if it's a really thick piece you could try it - just not for so long and it will help getting a fair amount of tannins out of it.
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PostSubject: Re: Bogwood - what do you do?   Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:54 pm

Kurosaki J wrote:
High Angela, the only draw back to boiling your wood is breaks down the woods integrity and therefore leads to quicker rotting in your tank.
I guess if it's a really thick piece you could try it - just not for so long and it will help getting a fair amount of tannins out of it.
cheers J

I normally soak, unless there is a real benefit from doing it I wont bother !
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PostSubject: Re: Bogwood - what do you do?   Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:29 pm

Soak to make it sink
I've not sure where it's been I sometime treat with PP but it's very messy and it stains so have to becarful but it do kill anything on it Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Bogwood - what do you do?   Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:49 pm

i put it in a builders mixing buckett with hot water and 2kg bag of aquarium salt for a few days changing the water daily untill the waters not too brown
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PostSubject: Re: Bogwood - what do you do?   Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:22 am

He hey jagtazman whats this "PP" product? Do you know anything about making home brew? I've found "Sodium Meta-bisulphate" is awesome for cleaning bugs and germs off of bare wood - have'nt tried it with a planted piece yet.
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PostSubject: Re: Bogwood - what do you do?   Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:13 am

Hi, i have a koi pond out the back with a biological filter. I usually leave the wood in there for 6 weeks and the water doesn't go murcy. When i take the wood out it's covered in a green slime, i simply wash it away and place it in my tank.

Works a treat!!
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PostSubject: Re: Bogwood - what do you do?   Wed Nov 18, 2009 7:48 am

deano wrote:
i put it in a builders mixing buckett with hot water and 2kg bag of aquarium salt for a few days changing the water daily untill the waters not too brown

sounds like the best way to do it...

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PostSubject: Re: Bogwood - what do you do?   Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:51 pm

Curby wrote:
deano wrote:
i put it in a builders mixing buckett with hot water and 2kg bag of aquarium salt for a few days changing the water daily untill the waters not too brown

sounds like the best way to do it...

Don't have aquarium salt - will pure seasalt do?
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PostSubject: Re: Bogwood - what do you do?   Wed Nov 18, 2009 7:19 pm

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Curby wrote:
deano wrote:
i put it in a builders mixing buckett with hot water and 2kg bag of aquarium salt for a few days changing the water daily untill the waters not too brown

sounds like the best way to do it...

Don't have aquarium salt - will pure seasalt do?

to be honest you dont really need any salt its just a really really safe way of doing thing's......i simply got a bucket of cold water and soaked untill it sank then i cleaned it a few time's untill the water went clear...it generally takes a week to soak but ive soaked a piece in 2 days......dont forget you use normal water for water change's so using it on the wood will do no harm to your fish its the colour it turns your water that everybody worry's about....a good bucket of water will do the trick.... cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Bogwood - what do you do?   Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:44 pm

That's what I have always done myself. I must admit that I would worry the salt would absorb into the wood and cause a problem in the tank.

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PostSubject: Re: Bogwood - what do you do?   Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:44 pm

the water changes gets rid of most the salt and the aquarium salt will not harm your fish
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PostSubject: Re: Bogwood - what do you do?   Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:17 pm

On the subject of bogwood, I am setting up a new 120 litre plec tank and could do with a decent centre piece anyone got any spare / point me to someone who as, so long as its not the stupid LFS prices that is Laughing Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Bogwood - what do you do?   Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:24 pm

you should have been at castleford fish auction last night their was some really inpresive peices for next to nothing
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