Using actual dead Bonsai tree in planted tank?

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    My dad has several bonsai trees and one has died. It used to be mine for more than a decade but has sadly not made it. Very cool shape with branches and roots and i was just wondering if anyone has used one as driftwood in a planted aquascape? I'm assuming it will have to be completely dried out first and that the wood has to be non-toxic to the fish.

    Will take a pic when i go to my folks on the weekend.
     
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    What tree was it before it died?
     
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    Think it was part of Acacia family
     
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    Acasia is fine in tanks and waterlogs very fast make sure it is comletely dried out though and remove all bark else it may end up killing your tank.It will leech tannin for about a month to two.
     
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    As said...remove the bark

    Easiest I've done...bake it in an oven for a few hours. The gradual heat will dry the wood out and will let the bark peel (almost like your skin when you spent too much time on the beach).

    Then dump it in an old pot and boil it for 3-4 hours, changing the water for new water 2 or 3 times - will get almost all the tannins out (and any parasites in the wood). I have a special 34 cm Hart pot just for my wood and rocks, bought it for R119 at Shoprite Checkers.
     
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    Ewww....

    Just a word of advice. DON'T let it touch the element in the oven!
    I once had some cupcake mix drip on the element in an old oven. I am officially the only person in the family who has EVER set an oven on fire.
     
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    Ewww???? An oven is an oven...I wont put the wood in one of my roast pans or something like that (which is why I have my tank pots :p ) But other than that I don't see why ewww??? :sad5:
     
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    I've also done that while making pizza. Smokiest pizza I ever had!
     
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    Lol maybe a braai and a very big drum?210litre type with a lid could also work for the baking process?
     
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    I am sure she is referring to your dead skin peel reference... which is gross, especially when they peel it at work, and throw it in a little baggy as a keepsake. But it is not as bad as scabs, scabs are the worst... Scabs will also colour your water, especially if you boil it.

    I got a nice piece of Mopani at Reptillians, but that sucker is leeching like a boss. I may just put it in the tank and live with the colour.
     
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    LOL the tannins will make your tank look like the amazon during the wet season.
     
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    oh never knew that..have you tried this?
     
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    Have a piece of acasia in one of my tanks yes took the chance after cutting some trees during a veldfire and it worked out fine just turns a sicly white color for a while and after about six or so months start going brown like normal drift.
     
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    Just as a point of interest most of our indiginous trees can be easily turned into driftwood I would just not try stinkhout thoug.
     

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