Of the many alternatives of softening the water, I like the option of putting a drift wood very much. Not only will it soften water but it would also add decor to my aquarium. So yesterday while returning home I saw an uprooted tree. The top portion of the tree was gone, only the roots remained. I brought home a single root of the tree home. The root is about 3 feet long, is twisted and quite thick. So visually it is very appealing and would look great in tank. I plan to leave the root out in the open open roof top of my house for at least a month so that it gets completely dried out. I then plan to remove the bark off the root, wash it with hot boiling water 3-4 times to remove tannin as far as possible.
I checked for the softness of the wood by removing its bark and trying to pierce through it with my finger nails. It was no way soft and I presume it will grow harder as I leave it out to bake under the sun.
I was just wondering if it is ok to use the roots of any tree as drift wood in my tank, as long as the wood is hard enough. I have also read that over time, the color of the water in tank will become dark. Could it harm my fish. Over the years will the wood stop discoloring water in the tank? Is it possible that the wood over time starts to rot under water and harm my fish in the tank?
I tried pretty much the same thing you did with a large curvy branch i found in the woods and i took it home and scrubbed it really good, peeled all the bark off, let it dry out in the sun, and submersed it in scalding water several times then let it cool and put it in my tank, but after a few weeks some sort of grayish/white fungus started growing on it. It didn't seem to harm fish or affect the water ph much but i took it out. then i asked someone about it and they said i needed to "cure" the wood by letting it soak in a high salt concentration bath for a few months. I wasnt sure it would really work so i broke down and bought myself a piece of real driftwood.
im currently writing a detailed guide based on my own research and experience look on the blog tonight it should be done,
you guys where both told wrong information...
They greyish white fungus you got was probably a result of sugars/sap being released from the wood.
If it is the right type of wood then you should make sure it is taken from under water and it is from the bottom of a river. You should also make sure it has been there for years.
However if you don't know the type of wood then you were wise to give up and take it out. I suspect if you had to peel the bark off it, then it was NOT old enough to use a "driftwood".
Do you know what type of wood you have?
Leave the root ontop of your house for atleats 12 months please, then boil it several times then dry it. Then boil it again. Still it will have to be the right type of wood.
Do you know what type of wood you have...e.g. is it pine? If it is pine DO NOT use it, it is poision to fish!!
shhh SC your coving my blog post he he... still got to finish it..
S*!T mate, sorry I should hang my head in shame, not only for stealing your thunder, but also because I haven't even done 1 blog yet!!!
No the roots are not of the pine tree for sure. Actually we hardly have any pine trees here. The root could possibly be of some young evergreen tree.
@Jimmeh - I am waiting for your blog to come out...
ever green will have the same problem.. mate
I think the wood i tried to use was either an oak or a maple limb, so that would probably make sense that it had sap in it...