When it rains, it pours. Get me a roofing company stat!
What a hectic weekend. Hurricane Mathew blew through this weekend and left a toll in it's wake. My outdoor Koi pond flooded to the point that I had to retrieve a couple of my friends from their expanded territory before the waters receded. All made it through fine. I can't say the same for my roof though..... thank God for insurance...
An important step into getting what you want for your fish tank is the addition of driftwood for aquariums, which will require a very specific preparation. So let’s go into some detail on that.
Even before starting to place the driftwood in your aquarium you should first try to define where exactly you’ll want it to be placed in the aquarium. Here’s a suggestion: try to think of it in a vertical position instead of the more common horizontal one. We even recommend you try and sketch the aquarium the want you’ll want it to look in the end, as only that way you’ll be able to create a concise, great looking aquatic landscape. The sketch is just a general guideline that will allow you to better understand how you want the aquarium to look. Don’t feel yourself forced into keeping the design if you don’t like it.
The Process of Cleaning Driftwood for Aquariums
So you’re got the place you want to get it into and it’s now time for you to disinfect it before placing it in the aquarium (you won’t want to get dirt into it). So, grab yourself a perfectly clean brush and start gently scrubbing it for the debris and dirt. Don’t fall into the temptation of using soap or chemicals to clean it as those residues will then move on to the water and contaminate it.
The next thing it needs is to be soaked to saturate and it’ll be ready to be cured.
In order to do this, you’ll need to place the driftwood in a bucket. You should try to get it into a bucket as big as possible, as you’ll want to get the piece completely underwater. It should then stay there for a period of a couple of weeks for it to get saturated.
The reason we do this is to remove the tannins that could darken the water to get out of it. That tannins is responsible for lowering the pH of the water over time which could be only an advantage when trying to achieve the necessary conditions for you to hold tropical fish.
During the period of one or two weeks, you’ll need to change it. Do it when you notice that the water is getting darker. In that situation, you’ll need to completely empty the bucket and fill it up with dechlorinated water to keep the process going. Only when you notice that the water stays the same you should place it in the aquarium.