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Weeping willow branch to make driftwood

Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by gUdsNax, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. gUdsNax

    gUdsNax New Member

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    I have weeping willow branches that have been cut and have dried out in the sun for two months. I will remove the bark, boil it with salt, bake it, etc. to remove any bacteria/parasites and tannins. I was wondering if weeping willows are safe to put in a fish tank.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    My only concern with willows especially the ones growing along rivers they can and usually absorb a lot of pollutions and they can only be removed it out in the weather for several years.

    Unless you know the full history of the wood and where it came from it can cause a lot of problems and is just not worth it cost wise.

    Its the old story your tank your choice.

    Keith:):)
     
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    gUdsNax New Member

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    ahh thank you for your response. however, these weeping willows were grown here in Las Vegas. assuming there were no pesticides used around the area, would it be safe?
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I am in Aust and would have no idea but there is one big word "assuming" in other words you do not know.

    In my personal opinion in one simple word NO

    But as I started in my last reply its your tank your choice.

    I have just finished answering a similar post on an Aust Forum he only killed his fish.

    Now he has to clean his tank remove all the ??? and replace his fish stock.

    All that to save a few $$$ its not even worth thinking about it.

    Keith:):)
     
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    gUdsNax New Member

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    Ya you are right. Assuming the tree was not treated with anything is just too risky. Sometimes it's better to hear it from someone else, hehe. Thank you :)
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    As you can tell by now I tell it how it is.

    Many forums would say (usually stupid kids) WOW that's great and it will look different.

    I am very pleased to see you have listened to what we are saying.

    Keith:):)
     
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