Collected Driftwood - The Planted Tank Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 04:05 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Kalispell, MT
Posts: 6
Collected Driftwood

Hi all,

I am new to planted tanks, but have been keeping fish for very many years. I am setting up a 90, will have RO, Co2, good substrate and lights.

My question is about driftwood. I live in Western Montana near Flathead Lake (huge, very clean). There is abundant beautiful driftwood on the shores this time of year. Does anyone have insight on collecting (good or dangerous) or preparing 'wild' wood?

I am excited about Aqatic Gardening, being a professional Horticulturist for 45 years. I have been landscaping huge gardens for so long, this mini world is a welcome change.

The plan involves South American dwarf Cichlids, Charicins, and other compatables. Not a strict biotope tank.

Thanks for any feedback,
Brugmansia is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 09:25 PM
Planted Tank Guru
lochaber's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 2,318
Go for it - you'll be able to find some great looking pieces, and you can't beat the pricing.

You might want to try and select pieces that look more weathered, don't have bark, etc.

Since it's freshwater, you don't have to worry about trying to remove the salts, but it's probably still a good idea to soak them to help remove excess tannins/etc., and to help them sink.

Some people advocate doing soaks with bleach, etc. I'm not sure this is really necessary, but it probably depends on your source, and what critters you have/plan on having.
lochaber is offline  

driftwood collection

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome