Just want to give everyone a heads up about my experience with this wood and supplier.
Please read this.
I purchased manzanita from Blooms and Branches about 2 years ago. The prices for such massive pieces are what sold me, turned out to be a big mistake on my end.
The wood I received was sand blasted and still had a green tinge to it, very slight one. It's not dried fully and never has been exposed to water. They take fresh live pieces and blast the bark off and mail it out. Since I read everywhere how manzanita will not really effect water chemistry I felt confident that I didn't need to purchase from a drift wood supplier. I notice though when you see pieces for sale online sold as aquarium grade manzanita they are much much darker, aka dead. Blooms and Branches pieces are very white/fleshy and fresh.
I soaked the wood in the bathtub for two weeks at least, it felt like a year since it was the only shower in my apt. Draining and refilling, what a pain. I thought that would help water log it and make any tannins come out. The pieces were too large to boil, I did pour some boiling water into the tub onto the branches.
I was so anxious to get them out of the tub I took the plunge and put two large pieces in my 120 gallon discus tank in place of malaysian driftwood. Everything seemed fine that day. Next morning looked good, went to work and came home to a horrible sight. All of my adult 6" discus dead on the bottom, amano shrimp all dead as well as some other livestock. A few lone survivors but not my prized discus that I had for several years. Man what a mistake!!!
To think that two of these branches could cause 100 plus gallons of water to became so toxic in 24 hours was a shock to me. I always keep an air stone going full blast so I don't think it was lack of oxygen. I never was able to pinpoint exactly what killed off my livestock. I assumed that sap had leached out into the water. I never have been able to pinpoint what really happened. The water from my recollection was a little bit foggy. I did huge water changes and was able to keep a few of the survivors alive to this day, cories etc.
Sorry to bum anyone out but when I saw the headline for this post I had to respond. Please don't make the same mistake I did.