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On Sat, 25 Jan 2003 Moontanman_at_aol.com wrote:
> Date: Sat, 25 Jan 2003 16:51:54 EST > From: Moontanman_at_aol.com > Reply-To: nanfa_at_aquaria.net > To: nanfa_at_aquaria.net > Subject: Re: NANFA-- stick glued to a rock??? > > In a message dated 1/25/03 10:21:00 AM Eastern Standard Time, jlw_at_dune.net > writes: > > > here's nothing wrong with using driftwood from natural sources, a lot f > > people collect it. You should boiland or bleach it to disinfect it. It > > won't be sand blasted like what you buy at the shop, but it'll proably be > > a little nicer looking anyhow. :) > > > Why boil and disinfect the wood? I think we think too much in terms of our > aquariums as germ free environments. At one time Salt water hobbyists were > obsessed with the idea of keeping everything germ free. boiled and bleached > was the buzz word of the day but real success didn't come until they were > willing to put live rock and live sand into the aquarium, hardly a sterile > way to go. it's unlikely a germ would added to an aquarium from natural wood > that wasn't already inside the aquarium. adding fish is the most likely way > to add pathogens. Once wood is naturally cured it poses no danger to fish. > Green wood will grow fungus and bacteria if added to an aquarium and all the > boiling and bleaching in the world will not keep that from happening. The > only thing that works is to allow natural bacteria to consume the parts of > the wood that readily rot leaving the skeleton of cellulose behind. Once this > is done the wood is safe. Sometimes it takes years for this to happen, that > is why natural drift wood is the fastest way to get usable wood. but > bleaching and boiling already naturally cured wood is a waste of time and > might even be a detriment to the value of the wood as a source of useful > bacteria. > > Moon > /"Unless stated otherwise, comments made on this list do not necessarily > / reflect the beliefs or goals of the North American Native Fishes > / Association" > / This is the discussion list of the North American Native Fishes Association > / nanfa_at_aquaria.net. To subscribe, unsubscribe, or get help, send the word > / subscribe, unsubscribe, or help in the body (not subject) of an email to > / nanfa-request_at_aquaria.net. For a digest version, send the command to > / nanfa-digest-request_at_aquaria.net instead. > / For more information about NANFA, visit our web page, http://www.nanfa.org /----------------------------------------------------------------------------- /"Unless stated otherwise, comments made on this list do not necessarily / reflect the beliefs or goals of the North American Native Fishes / Association" / This is the discussion list of the North American Native Fishes Association / nanfa_at_aquaria.net. To subscribe, unsubscribe, or get help, send the word / subscribe, unsubscribe, or help in the body (not subject) of an email to / nanfa-request_at_aquaria.net. For a digest version, send the command to / nanfa-digest-request_at_aquaria.net instead. / For more information about NANFA, visit our web page, http://www.nanfa.org