That's a nice piece. Reminds me of the Pillars of Creation in space. Better boil it first before you use it, or else you'll get months of tea-coloured water (which may not be a bad thing for your fish).
I may have found a piece of wood for my 20 Long even though it will stick out some. I will have to make a new light for it anyways. It is a piece of Cyprus I believe but it still has bark on it will that be ok? It may be a little to tall and big I guess I can try it if I cant find another piece.
I've been doing a lot of researched on locally sourced driftwood lately and the general consensus is to stay away from soft woods which I think cypress would qualify as.
The other issue is that you'll have a nearly impossible time boiling that piece which will lead to water discoloration via tannins and problems getting it to sink.
The bark would certainly have to go, and due to the fact that the bark is still intact, it leaves me to believe that the wood is still alive or partially so. You really want a piece that has been dead for some time and had a chance to "dry out" i.e. not rot away in your tank.
This is the only solid reason I've found to stay away from them. The reasons others had cited seemed unconfirmed.
I came to the same conclusion when researching collected wood. I have oak and bog wood in my tanks now but if I ever decide to use a softwood I will just be prepared to remove and replace it once it starts to break down which can often be a couple years.
Well, everything seems happy and stable in the 10 Gal. I am starting to work on my 20 long. Got some wood and some new rocks. The pictures are a little cloudy due to just getting done. I am thinking of doing shrimp in the 10 and just fish in the 20. That one rock sitting on the wood is to hold it down for now still wanted to float a little.