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Which Driftwood?

In my research to set up a planted tank ... I have come across two good kinds of Driftwood ... Malaysian and Mopani ... Does anyone have a preference?

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I like manzanita the best or malaysian... Mopani is ok looking, but it leeches like crazy.
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I like Manzanita the best as well
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I ordered some Mopani for my Betta tank ... we will see how that goes.... I would like to mix and match

I do have a few months to soak it ... Does that change anything?

I havent seen the manzanita anywhere online and in-store driftwood is far too expensive

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Pre soaking can help, but most Mopani I have has been leeching for years. After awhile though it slows down enough to where weekly water changes keep the tinting in check.
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Is there anything I can do to help it? I don't mind some tea color but I don't want my water super dark.

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I haven't had any significant issues of mopani leeching after first boiling it for a couple hours, or soaking it in a bucket for a couple weeks, both methods with multiple water changes.

I also prefer the more compact hardwoods (mopani, Malaysian, oak, for example) to the branchiness of manzanita.
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I want some nice shape to the wood but I dont think I need branches with how delicate Betta fins are and ADF's are almost blind so I dont feel safe about that

Can you mix and match in a tank?

I was going to get a small piece of Mopani and a larger piece of Malaysian


Which do you think looks better in an all natural tank setting? ( Heavily planted , Natural color gravel etc)

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5 gallon - Betta and ADF
20 long - Hatchling turtles and corydoras.

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Where can I order Manzanita?

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5 gallon - Betta and ADF
20 long - Hatchling turtles and corydoras.

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Where can I order Manzanita?
Manzanita-driftwood.com
Manzanita.com

I ordered from Manzanita.com and for the price I was happy with the pieces I got. Good service and they try to cater to your tank size and what you are trying to achieve.
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Yeah thats all pretty out of my budget lol ... Oh well I still know now for future use

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5 gallon - Betta and ADF
20 long - Hatchling turtles and corydoras.

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Mixing wood types can end up looking rather chaotic, although I'll often use a different wood if it's going to be completely obscured by plants around or mounted to it. Most of my anubia and java ferns are mounted on malaysian wood pieces.

There's a tremendous variation possible within each type of wood that it really comes down to what you find. Even ordering random pieces sight unseen, I've ended up with wildly intricate and interesting malaysian pieces and dead blah mopani--and vice versa!


www.manzanita-driftwood.com has a good variety of reasonably priced branched manzanita pieces, but be prepared with multiple options when you order--good pieces tend to sell fast. Really appreciate that you get a picture of the exact piece you're ordering and they give measurement for the length, width and depth of the pieces.
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I could always order one of each and grow Java moss over the one I like less :P

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15 gallon - Axolotl
5 gallon - Betta and ADF
20 long - Hatchling turtles and corydoras.

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I like malaysian wood.
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