All of the driftwood that Natural Driftwood Art,LLC sells are sold exactly as found on the shorelines they come from. We brush the dirt off the driftwood and wash it off with water only. We offer custom services To boil any driftwood pieces for 2 hours to kill any organisms in or on the wood. We do not guarantee that our Driftwood is safe for any animal even after boiling. It is the purchasers responsibility to ensure that the intended use of the driftwood purchased is safe for any creatures that it may habitate with. While driftwood creates a beautiful and natural look, it can also take up a great deal of space in an aquarium. Adding driftwood to an aquarium involves some thoughtful planning to capture the right aesthetic qualities. Such alterations can create a beautiful artistic effect. Before adding any driftwood, plan out your aquarium showing exactly where you intend to put the driftwood. Think about having the driftwood in a vertical position or horizontal. Experiment with different designs to help you visualize the creation of a unique aquascape without agitating your fish. After you’ve mapped out where you’ll put the driftwood, the driftwood should be cleaned properly before it goes into the tank. Driftwood can be boiled or soaked to remove living organisms and tannins. At Natural Driftwood Art, LLC we offer a boiling service for any of our pieces. We boil your purchase a minimum of 2 hours to ensure living organisms are destroyed. Due to the long boiling period we ask for your patience as the driftwood must dry out prior to shipping. It takes approximately one week for the wood to naturally dry. We ask that you allow 2 weeks from time of purchase until we ship your natural art driftwood piece. You can also soak driftwood with deionized water for several weeks to remove tannins. If you prefer to prep your wood yourself, here are some instructions for soaking. Scrub the driftwood with a cleaning brush to completely remove any impurities. Remember not to use any soap or chemicals when you clean the driftwood, as they could poison your aquarium.Cleaned driftwood should be soaked in water to saturate and “cure” it. Use a large bucket to ensure the driftwood remains fully submerged for at least 1 or 2 weeks to get it completely saturated. Deionized or reverse osmosis water works best because it helps with drawing out the tannins. The soaking process will leach out any excess coloration and unwanted residue before you add it to the aquarium and also prevent the pH from becoming unbalanced over time. Regularly monitor the soaking driftwood and periodically change out the water when it darkens. Gently rinse the driftwood, fill the bucket with new, clean water, then resume soaking the driftwood until you can’t see any major discoloration for several days. Even after you’ve cured the driftwood, it may still release tannins and discolor the water. If so, you can use chemical filter media to clear up the water. When you boil driftwood, the tannins inside will leach out more rapidly and expedite the curing process. Boiling the driftwood for 1-2 hours will also sterilize it and wipe out algae or fungal spores that can grasp onto the driftwood when it’s placed inside the aquarium. After you’re done preparing the driftwood, it’s time to place it in the aquarium. The most convenient time to do so is after you’ve done a water change. It’s a good idea to review your drawings or sketches before you put in the driftwood. Don’t forget to add moss or plants to the wood to give it a realistic and artistic look! If your driftwood floats you can secure it down with rocks until it becomes saturated and stays on the bottom by itself.