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Seasoned Driftwood With Holes For Plants

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I just bought some seasoned driftwood from the LFS. It was in a tank so s soft, no rough edges. It has holes with some sort of material placed in there for plants to be rooted in. I like this idea as I do not have gravel. One came with a small anubias( (I think) already rooted in that material in one of the holes. Very pretty! But, do I need to worry about these holes and filler material re bad bacteria? If so, I can just tie the plants to driftwood instead. What is your experience?

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Was it in a tank with fish or central filtration? If it was I would boil it. It can have brought back something unwanted from the store. Mainly germs :( boil the driftwood not the plant. I would also remove the plant and bleach it. Then tie it back onto the wood to get the roots going again.

How is it attatched?

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I agree with ashlee, boil the thing to kill all germs and bacteria that might have come with it. And give the plants a bleach dip.

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I gave everything a pp bath for about 30 minutes, but did not think about boiling the wood--that's a good idea. Will PP work for the plants? I heard that bleach will kill the anacharis (but I could bleach the anubias/java fern, I think. They were in a tank without fish, but with central filtration. Will definitely boil the wood!

The way it is attached is someone drilled a 1" shallow hole in to th wood, and filled it with something that looks kind of tlike thing, strawlike fibers. The plant then is stuck into that.

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The PP should work. I know many people use it, although I do not.

If you can boil the wood without removing the plant then go for it. I don't know exactly how it is put together so I can't give specific directions. But of course, keep the plant out of the boiling water because I'm sure it will get killed in those temps.

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Off topic, but Ashlee, I have an oranda that looked just like Ike for like 2 years...now his color randomly, and quite quickly pretty much disappeared and he looks like Stan. He's huge too so it's not like he was a baby, he's probably 4 or 5 inches long. Isn't that weird? LOL

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I bought the same type, driftwood with an anubias on it, I did the PP treatment and have had no ill affects.

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Thanks--good to know! I am debating getting rid of the "plug" that holds the plant in there, which on closer inspection looks kind of like blond peat moss of something, It was pped, but I did not take it out of the wood...(I worry about everything these days, I'll admit it, jeez...)

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ive not had problems with small pieces of wood... like the ones people attached plants to, its the big ones that are hollow that Ive had problems with :(

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