Driftwood and pH

>From: Stephen.Pushak at hcsd_hac.com (Stephen Pushak)
>Date: Tue, 16 May 95 19:24:19 PDT

>Is it feasible to put a piece of your drift wood into a >container of
neutral water
>and then test it in a few hours/days? I think you have >something bad in
>tank to cause that much acidity. I've read/heard of >varnishing/sealing wood
>aquariums but have no practical experience to share.

I have been a professional cabinet-maker for twelve years. I can't imagine a
varnish that would stand up to constant submersion. There are epoxies and
polyesters that might be suitable, though probably unnatural looking.
Eliminating the wood or finding another piece seems like a much simpler
 Do you know what the wood species is? Some are
quite acidic.