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This is a discussion on Collecting decor from outside within the Newt and Salamander Help forums, part of the Beginner Newt, Salamander, Axolotl & Help Topics category; Just wondering if it's safe to collect items for decor from outside. Such as bark, logs, rocks, plants. And if ...

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Just wondering if it's safe to collect items for decor from outside. Such as bark, logs, rocks, plants. And if so, how do I clean it to make it safe?

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I'm about to do this myself, I'm mainly sticking to rocks and stones. For stones i usually wash them with water. But this has been with fish set ups, so I too would be interested to hear what should be done.



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i do this too.

typically i boil small rocks, especially those with craggy holes or deep clefts.

small sticks & branches get submerged in a bucket of water then baked in the oven for a bit.

when i used large logs for reptiles I soaked them in my pond then hung it over a fire or hot coals or smoked it. I never decided which I liked best and i got out of reptiles before trying them again.



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