Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Jan 8, 2013 20:46:37 GMT -5
Since this comes up a lot, I figured it was time for a write-up.
Natural wood items are a great addition to your crabitat for function and enrichment for your crabs. However, the conditions our crabs require can be very hard on wood and you may find mold growing on it pretty quick. There's an easy way to avoid this.
THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO CHOLLA/CHOYA WOOD, EVER!![/I][/U]
For any natural wood item from pine cones & sticks to branches & bark, you want to first soak them very well in salt water or vinegar water. I prefer using salt water myself, as it doesn't stink up the house For this purpose, you can use regular table salt since it will be absorbed by the wood. As you can see, I used A LOT of salt.
This is 2 halves of a coconut. (I boiled these but that was to help get the meat off)
The longer you soak, the better. If you don't have something big enough to soak what you want, use the tub or soak it in halves.
When you are done soaking the wood, it's time to bake it.
Bake it at the lowest temperature your oven will go to. Bake it until you can start to really smell the woody smell. If the piece is too big for your oven, you can put it out in the sunshine to dry.
This process will help keep your wood from molding for a very long time. I have a coconut in my PP tank that I treated this way in 2010 & have never had mold on it since.
*For cholla wood, you NEVER want to wet it at all as it will turn to mush. You aren't likely to get mold on cholla and if you keep it off of/out of the moist sub, it will be fine. Poking it into the sub will result in that end turning black & starting to deteriorate. If you have to mist your tank, don't spray your cholla directly.
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