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re: Driftwood, Algae, and Otos

"Any algae that was stuck to or in a chunk of
driftwood when you bought it is most certainly dead."

Yes, if it has been sterilized and not just washed and dried. Depending
on the algae, you can freeze it or dry it and it will remain quiescent
until returned to living conditions.  Then it can become "revitalized."

But anyway, the air is loaded with algae spores and a healthy aquarium
has plenty more nutrients than slowly decaying driftwood can provide. 
Logs dropped in to rivers over 100 years ago are being reclaimed for
lumber today.  The out quarter to half inch is not good but he rest is
essentially preserved.

Scott H.

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