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I've used this wood before in a previous freshwater setup, but it's been outside (not on the ground) being rained on and in damp conditions for a while now and I need to sterilize it before putting the pieces back in the tank again.

These pieces are too big to get into a pot to boil so I was wondering if I could sterilize them by heating in the oven.  I don't use the oven much so it wouldn't be a problem leaving them in for an extended period of time if that's what it takes.

Thanks for the advice.

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I personally boiled my pieces by turning over each side in case they were too big to fit it all at once. If still not an option; the belowmentioned video is what I think might help you. I came across the video while searching for different methods for my new tank. I ended up boiling again 😄

here is the video:

 

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You definitely can bake it, low and slow. 200 F if piece of wood is about 6"  bake for 2 hours. If it fills your oven 12 hours.  Because it dries the wood out it may take longer to sink. 

You can put it in your dishwasher and run a heavy cycle without any soap or drying agents like Jet-Dry. Helps if your hot water is turned all the way up on your heater. I never used the dishwasher in my house, I had 4 human dishwashers, so mine was soap free. If you use this route you may want to run an empty cycle with some vinegar to eliminate any soap residue. 

Used to live very close to Lake MI and would take the kids to hunt driftwood to sell to lfs for pocket money. The store owner taught the kids these tips. 

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I just bake everything at 200*F for a couple of hours.  Probably totally unnecessary, but I'd feel pretty dumb if I skipped such an easy step and all my fish were belly up because of it.  So it's more for me than anything else, I think.  Doubly so if it's going in my discus tank.

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I usually try to boil small pieces, or I soak large pieces (and sometimes small pieces) in my outdoor, black plastic barrel during the summer, in Texas.  That water gets hot!  I usually soak for a few weeks, sometimes much longer.  I haven’t gotten a new wood piece since the RR info came out but there’s a pretty good chance I’d use that after doing the hot water barrel soak, but wouldn’t worry about it after boiling, of course.

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Like the video linked recommends, hydrogen peroxide. I use it on wood and new plants. On wood you can use it for an extended period of time. On plants I soak them for a few minutes to kill off algae, snails, and unwanted biological contaminates. With wood I soak it submerged for a few hours then rinse off a few times and it’s good to go.

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