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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

    #317112

    Matt
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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.

    #317114

    Bluedave
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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.

    #317126

    Colin
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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

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    rob
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    cool, thanks guys /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

    #317153

    Bluedave
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    If it’s breakable – he’ll break it……

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    coelacanth
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    Watch it doesn’t lower the pH to levels which will give the Cray shedding issues.

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    Phill Austen
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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.

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    Bluedave
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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.

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    rob
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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 /blush.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:blush:” border=”0″ alt=”blush.gif” />

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    Bluedave
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    QUOTE (rob @ Mar 29 2010, 09:10 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    still need to get some good pics on here
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