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Today I picked up a large, cool looking piece of root that will serve as a center piece for my 100gal diamond. It's too large for me to boil it or bake it or microwave it.. How could I disinfect it and clean it ??? Would power washing it and then dosing/scrubbing it with isopropyl do the job? What about the nooks and crannies? What do you guys suggest. It weighs about 10kg and it's very irregular in shape.

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Why do you need to clean it? Is it covered in pesticides? Frogs live in dirt and mold and fungus are natural too. As long as it isn't covered in chemicals its fine if it may have chemicals I wouldn't use it at all. Any bugs the frogs will probably eat.
 

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You could sand or air blast it if you have access either type of equipment, but as has already been stated, unless you are sure it was contaminated in some way it should be ok. If you are really concerned you could keep it outside and pour buckets of boiling water on it to kill anything that might be in the root itself, but that is going to be a long process.
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I have collected white oak branches and all I did was rinse them down so I knew there wasn't any nasty critters like centipedes and such hiding on it ans put it into my bicolors tank.It started a colony of gray colored springtails or something in the viv and the frogs pick them off whenever they get a chance.My java moss has started covering it and it looks pretty cool now.
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I found that root on a side of the road near a construction. It probably has some residues etc... I'm not really worried about any critters inside, just wanted to get the street crap off of it. I'll scrub it with a brush and hot water, that should be enough.
 
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