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Using Dead Bonsai's in your Aquascape

Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by Chazzam, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. Chazzam

    Chazzam New Member

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    Is this possible?

    I can get a few "dead" bonsai's to put into my tank? Do i have to treat the wood in a special way? Any advice would be great....


    Thanks!
     
  2. kire.laz

    kire.laz Aspiring Aquascaper

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    HI,
    Since the bonsai is ordinary wood - like every other wood you should treat it like that. Be aware of using pine trees.
    Remove tree bark, boil it (so the tannins will go out, and the wood will sink easier).
    And that's almost all :)
     
  3. Shadow

    Shadow Moderator Staff Member

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    yes possible, I have friend who doing just that. I ask him before whether he do anything before he use the wood and what he did was just dry the wood under the sun. He did experiencing those white fungus but yamato shrimp and otos will eat it.
     
  4. yankadi

    yankadi Aspiring Aquascaper

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    You can use and pine tree as well, it is not toxic if dried on sun, or been in water for years, or boiled before scaping. Sometimes wood with bark looks much better thank without it, so it is also one more thing to improve your scape. :-" Tannins is not that thing you should aware of.. So.. There is a lot of myths made by novice people.
     
  5. John N.

    John N. Administrator Staff Member

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    How do you prevent the wood from rotting? Bonsai branches are so thin and soft...won't it be more prone to rot?

    -John N.
     
  6. tenshu

    tenshu New Member

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    It depends on the wood hardness, very hard wood like oak won't rot easily even for thin branches.
     
  7. Shadow

    Shadow Moderator Staff Member

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    It will rot but it should last about 1 year before it slowly getting thinner and disapear.
     
  8. inblack

    inblack New Member

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    Hey

    You can see Pinheiro Manso from Filipe Oliveira, he makes so good aquarium with bonsai dead tree.

    Pinheiro Manso:
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