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What Type of Driftwood?

Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by Lafataa, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. Lafataa

    Lafataa New Member

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    I found this gem while I was walking along a marsh. It's a very beautiful piece that will be the focal point of my 55g aquarium. My only question is... what is it and is it safe to use? I've had it soaking for about 24 hours and am gonna give it at least a week or so (probably 2-3 as with previous pieces). I heard softwoods CAN damage your tank so what are your thoughts on this piece?
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    Thanks!

    I live in Massachusetts by the way.
     
  2. pupa

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    Hi lafataa...
    is that mangrove?
    It looks like fungal, isn't it? this spot still there after soaked?
     
  3. pupa

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    in my experience, I always boiled all wood for aquascape (or soak it until the water clean / not chocolate)
     
  4. Peanut8787

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    Is it soild or hollow?
     
  5. John N.

    John N. Administrator Staff Member

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    The wood looks good. I don't know what type of wood that is, but I can only assume since you found it at a marsh, it is used to being submerged underwater. My only concern would be the longevity of the wood as it ages.

    I would

    - Soak it and wait for the water to stay clear
    - Place it in your aquarium
    - Scrub off any growth that grows initially

    -John N.
     
  6. Lafataa

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    Thanks guys. Here's my only worry: I have a lot of cedar trees in the area so not sure if this is cedar or not. I heard that softwood is not ideal for aquariums.

    The wood is solid. The pictures are close up to show the grain and color, but it's a beautiful piece with very interesting cave-like parts of it.

    I may keep it soaking, put it in my tank and let my Giant Danios be guinea pigs. If they can take it I think I'll move the rest of the fish in.
     
  7. John N.

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    The wood doesn't look like cedar to me. But it's been awhile since high school woodshop. :)

    -John N.
     
  8. Lafataa

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    Phew that's good news. I just got my new light (216W), CO2 setup (Milwaukee Regulator) and new substrate (Eco-Complete) so when this is done I'll get my hardscape set up and move the plants in. Thanks again John.
     
  9. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    Usually with softwoods you can press your fingernail into the wood and easily leave an indent. Hardwoods not so much especially if it is dry. This is what i have been told.
     

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