How to Prepare Driftwood for Aquarium Use

How to prepare & clean driftwood for tank use:

A driftwood is a piece of wood that has been in the water & then has been washed onto a shore by the action of winds, tides or waves. They look beautiful & can offer an environment for aquarium inhabitants to hide out. If your tank has a single ornament or artificial plants, then you might observe that your pets are in stress because many fish like to hide away during day. Driftwood can offer them shelter & environment that are suitable for them & can allow your fish to live happily.

Preparing driftwood for tank use
Driftwood

Please watch the video on finding, cleaning & preparing driftwood for aquarium use & provide a feedback in the comment section below.

How to prepare driftwood for aquarium use

In this video I will show you how to clean a driftwood before placing it in your aquarium. It is advisable to use the steps that I follow so that you can have a nice & clean driftwood that will look beautiful in your aquarium. Follow steps that will involve searching, curing, & putting driftwood in your aquarium.

Step 1: Wash driftwood to remove the dirt:

Washing driftwood to remove dirt

The first step is to wash driftwood with water to wipe out the dirt. Then you can use a tooth brush or scrubber to clean any loose piece & remaining debris. The final step involves boiling driftwood which can sterilize the driftwood & remove any parasites that are attached to it.

Step 2: Why boiling driftwood is necessary:

Driftwood release tannins

It is recommended to boil wood because it is the most important step of preparing wood for tank use. To remove leaching it is recommended to boil wood. If wood is not boiled before putting it in aquarium then it will leach out tannin in the aquarium slowly, & will change the color of water.

Step 3: Find the right pot for boiling driftwood:

Large pot is required to fit driftwood

I am going to add a big driftwood in my aquarium. I don’t have a bigger pot to fit my driftwood in it. It is difficult to find a bigger pot because the large driftwood might not fit in your house hold pots. I found a way to boil driftwood by boiling few sections of the driftwood at a time.

Step 4: Boiling driftwood & preparing it for aquarium use:

Boiling driftwood

After boiling the driftwood in water for a while if you can see the color it’s like dipping a tea bag in the boiling water. It took me around 8 hours to find, treat & prepare driftwood. Lots of tannin were released during boiling & I removed them multiple times. I found that the thicker section of driftwood would contain more tannin, so it is advisable to put that section in the pot & boil it for longer period of time.

Pros & cons of driftwood:

Pros and cons of driftwood

Driftwoods will provide a natural look to your aquarium. It is best for attaching anubias, java ferns or mosses. It can offer hiding places for small inhabitants. Driftwoods have advantages related to fish health. It will decrease the PH value of aquarium water, & it will soften the tank conditions. It is because of the tannin acid it leaks out. Tannin acids have antibacterial properties that are good for fish immune system but it will make aquarium water look darker like some of the rivers of amazon. It is hard to clean driftwoods to remove all the tannins & some hobbyists do not like this process due to longer boiling. I have completed all the steps of finding, cleaning & boiling driftwoods in 8 hours.
How to Prepare Driftwood for Aquarium Use How to Prepare Driftwood for Aquarium Use Reviewed by Fishaholic on July 07, 2019 Rating: 5

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