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Using Oak Bark In A Tank
March 10, 2010
10:32 am
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rob
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there's some lovely pieces of oak bark in my local park - is it possible to treat it to make it safe for use in a tank? the tank in question is a new one I've just set up for a crayfish (unheated/room temperature). I don't mind water colouration but (obviously) don't want to add anything that'd be detrimental to water quality.

Rob

March 10, 2010
11:38 am
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Hmm dunno mate but think bark might be prone to rotting. I've used oak leaves and branches but always stripped the bark away beforehand.

Cake or death?
March 10, 2010
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never used it but it would probably break up, I would have thought?

Crayfish are cool, the kids loved feeding our last one.

March 10, 2010
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Hi, It'll last a good while before it breaks up, although you'll need to weigh it down with a couple of bricks! It is very light. I have used it with no problems

March 11, 2010
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cool, thanks guys /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

i'll give a small piece a go & see what happens. hoping it'll darken the water a little too. don't mind if it breaks into smaller pieces, it'll give the little guy more places to hide I guess /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" />

will post some pics when I've picked a piece & arranged it.

Rob

March 12, 2010
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If it's breakable - he'll break it......

March 12, 2010
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Watch it doesn't lower the pH to levels which will give the Cray shedding issues.

March 24, 2010
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I have found that boiling of any wood or bark before adding it to a tank seems to help prevent what look like fungal growths appearing on it. I think any material like wood that breaks down in the water reduces the ORP of the tank. The major problem that I find with boiling prospective decor, is finding a sufficiently large utensil.

March 24, 2010
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QUOTE (Phill Austen @ Mar 24 2010, 07:30 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have found that boiling of any wood or bark before adding it to a tank seems to help prevent what look like fungal growths appearing on it. I think any material like wood that breaks down in the water reduces the ORP of the tank. The major problem that I find with boiling prospective decor, is finding a sufficiently large utensil.

Good point Phil. If you cant find something big enough I'd suggest throwing it in the bath and pouring
boiling water from a kettle or a few big pans on it a few times.

March 29, 2010
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QUOTE (Bluedave @ Mar 24 2010, 01:30 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Good point Phil. If you cant find something big enough I'd suggest throwing it in the bath and pouring
boiling water from a kettle or a few big pans on it a few times.


cheers guys. it seems to be doing OK. i'm keeping on top of the water changes & the little fella seems quite happy & is eating his cockles /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

i didn't boil anything before putting it in, and I'm getting a little bit of fungal growth on one branch, but it comes off easily enough with a toothbrush & doesn't grow quickly at all.

the oak bark seems fine, too, hasn't broken up, gone mouldy, or even floated yet!

still need to get some good pics on here /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />

March 30, 2010
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QUOTE (rob @ Mar 29 2010, 09:10 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
still need to get some good pics on here /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />

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