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post #16 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-25-2012, 07:02 PM
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Thank you for the post. It's very timely, for me, as I was looking at wood this past weekend. Do you have any pictures that you can post of sand blasted and natural maybe in your tanks? Which type do you prefer?
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post #17 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-26-2012, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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I've only used the sand blasted ones, so far.

This is one of the less "bushy" branches in my new tank, before I filled it with water. The one is from, and was $15.

This is about 5 hours after flooding the tank. The water brought out all sorts of neat hues, like red and ocher.

This is about 4 weeks later. The wood got a lot darker, and I really love it.

Like most driftwood, it's going to grow driftwood "goo," a harmless fungus that most fish and inverts will eat. It stops after a short while.

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Can you use the grapewood in a aquarium from this website? It's really beautiful.
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Originally Posted by Shanster View Post
Can you use the grapewood in a aquarium from this website? It's really beautiful.
Yes, I've had it in two tanks so far, with tetras. It hasn't does anything to my water parameters as far as I can tell, but it did grow driftwood goo pretty prolifically for the first month; I just kept scraping it off, and it stopped after about 3.5 weeks or so. I've also found it doesn't last as long, obviously, becuse it's a lot more thin and delicate than normal, harder woods.

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post #20 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-07-2012, 11:05 PM
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My only concern would be not being able to see a pic of the piece of wood from them prior to shipping and finding out you do not like the look of the one they sent you once you got it.

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Legendary !!!!!

I been looking for a cheap price for driftwood!!!!!!!!!!!

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They have a big deal going on right now for the bloomsandbranches website. I bought 2 pieces each of manzanita and grapewood for less than $30! whoo..!

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post #23 of 30 (permalink) Old 11-10-2012, 09:46 PM
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I was wondering if anyone had more pictures from their tank using the manzanita from one of those two sites? I am trying to find the best place and affordable for my 18 gallon.
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Originally Posted by Complexity View Post
Even if I could find the wood laying around outside, it would take a lot of my time looking for it, finding it, obtaining permission from the land owner to take it (otherwise it's theft), and then hauling it back to my place. Then I'd have to sterilize it, wait for it to age, and then figure out a way to get it sandblasted. That's a ton of work, not to mention the expense of the gas involved and whatever I have to pay to sterilize and sandblast the wood.

Sometimes free isn't so free.
I agree, sometimes my time is worth more than the money to buy. I have had really good luck on craigslist with locals tearing apart their setups. You can usually scoop all their driftwood and rocks for pennies on a dollar.
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These sites are awesome. Price is almost 75% cheaper then other places. Im ordering some now. No need to wait for payday for me , lol
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post #26 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-30-2013, 02:18 PM
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I've found the best prices on Cholla Wood on:

You can buy in bulk, which makes it cheaper and the wood is really high quality! They also have unique cholla roots which make for beautiful additions to tanks!
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When I started making my fish tanks pretty, I was astounded at the prices some sites charge for a simple piece of wood or rock. I started seeking out alternative sources for what I wanted. Specifcally, I looked for untreated woods used in crafts. I found what is below.

I've bought a lot of stuff from these sites, both for aquascaping and for my own wedding decor. I love, love them. I ordered several Manzanita branches for my wedding, and one of them came badly crushed. I contacted, and they replaced it for only the cost of shipping. Their customer service is really great. (US [all 50] shipping only) (US and Canada shipping)

Most of the items are sanded so they're pretty, but almost none are treated with anything else unless it specifies (some are painted or lacquered, but it will say if they are).

Price examples:

24-36" tall Manzanita branch - $12

12-15" Cholla wood branch - $15.49

38" tall Cholla branch - $25

Manzanita sample pack: 2x 18" pieces, one sand blasted, one natural - $15.95

I hope this helps those of you who are on a budget, but still want a pretty tank.
Great find! I got 2 awesome pieces of manzanita from save on for 9 bucks a pop. thank you!
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Thanks for the bump....and they are both in NorCal and SoCal respectively
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3$ for a piece...I definitely found a new website to buy. thanks
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