Treatment for driftwood and stones/rocks takes time. So it would be better to prepare it in advance.
After getting the driftwood, the next day I soaked it in water so that tannin can be leeched out slowly. After 2 days, it can be seen tannin had been leeching out but not so much. So I decided to boil the driftwood so that the process of tannin leeching could be accelerated. Driftwood was boiled few hours and tannin was leeched out a lot as can be seen from the tea colour of the boiled water. It was boiled totally about 6-7 hours and after 3 times water change, water seemed much clearer and it might be ready for hard-scaping. Boiling driftwood also minimize or even eliminate the chance of unwanted snails or algae or any harmful parasites before arranging it in the aquarium.
|My kid's bathtub was being used for drifwood soaking purpose :P|
|Water was clear at first|
|And it become brownish after 2 days but not so much|
|Boiling driftwood in the biggest pot that I have to accelerate tannin leeching process and disinfect the woods.|
|After one hour, can see tannin being leeching out.|
|After 3 hours, I have some tasty Teh-O colour :P|
|After 2nd water change, now I have green tea colour. :)|
|And after all, leave it dry and cool off before using|
For the stones or more correct are river pebbles, I soaked it in water for 2 days and before using I also pour the boiling water on it and soaked overnight in the pot. Interestingly, the pebbles absorb and keep the heat extremely well as the next day morning I took it out from the pot and still can feel water was very warm. No wonder in the old time, people use to heat the rock, wrap it in the blanket and use that to keep warm during winter time. With the same reason of boiling driftwood, with this disinfection method, I don't think any kind of harmful parasites could survive under 100 degree C hot water.
|Stones were put in the pot and boiling water was poured in for disinfection. It was left overnight there in the pot.|
|After disinfection, it was brought out to leave it dry and cool off. I also measure the weight of all rocks about 10kg in total.|
After the treatment and disinfection, now the driftwood and stones are ready to use for hardscaping. So excited of aquascaping journey ahead. :) Yay!