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I don't know where you're located but it shouldn't be too hard to find manzanita.
I'm lucky to take a walk without tripping over the stuff...lol...and I've burnt enough in the last few years to fill a gymnasium.
With today's demand for manzanita for aquariums that was the equivalent of burning dollar bills!

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You live in Florida, no excuse, go out and collect some of that Cedar, Cypress etc.

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ppfffttttttttt ,, LOL , I did go hunting along the coast of our lake , only found like 3 pieces and they were small , stunk really bad , floated , and formed some kind of milky white stuff all over , even after boiling and scrubing " shrugs shoulders"

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Beautiful find Tom. Ray Lucas of King Fish services says Hi. Our club brought him in to judge our local Spring Show as they have the past many years. I was talking to him and mentioned your name and he had soem nice things to say.

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ppfffttttttttt ,, LOL , I did go hunting along the coast of our lake , only found like 3 pieces and they were small , stunk really bad , floated , and formed some kind of milky white stuff all over , even after boiling and scrubing " shrugs shoulders"
I found a lot out by Cedar Key.
You can always go to Tom's Driftwood there in Waldo if you strike out elsewhere. If you own a boat, hit some lakes, there's plenty in Rodman Reservoir etc. Plenty of cypress etc.

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I was talking to him and mentioned your name and he had some nice things to say.

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Keep it quiet, there are always a few outliers
He s' a nice guy and good for the hobby.



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Keep it quiet, there are always a few outliers
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Tell me you took that entire piece to use a center piece for a huge tank. Oh yeah he had a couple of other words also but they aren't allowed on the forum, says many people say that.

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wait...are these for sale or what?? i want some!

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Tell me you took that entire piece to use a center piece for a huge tank. Oh yeah he had a couple of other words also but they aren't allowed on the forum, says many people say that.

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No, this is just an example, this is still alive(you can see a thin ribbon of living bark on the sides and the leaves.

This is at the top of Mt St Helena, you can hike there and see plenty all the way up and back for 4 miles each way, tons of nice Volcanic rock formations, the mountain is an old volcano. It erupted and petrified a lot of Sequoia several million years ago. Poor soil, fire prone habitat, hot dry summers, cool wet winters= great place for Manzy.

You cannot collect anything from here, it's a state park.
Even if you could, 3-4 miles is a long way to carry wood
Plenty of country roads to look around for more that are low picked fruit.


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where in this piece of [censored][censored][censored][censored] land Canada can i find beautiful wood like that,
im in Ontario, canada i walk by a beach and i see dead things and garbage

the only wood i see looks nothing like that, you guys have the branchy and scattered out wood
i bought a package actually and spent like 40 bucks

wow tom barr can u send some of that kush these ways
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Ha I'm in the same boat purplecity *waves from Montreal*. Every summer when I go camping I promise myself to bring back interesting stumps or even just branches for the tanks. I always come back empty handed =p The interesting stumps are always rotted away, and the rest is just straight sticks.

Someone mentioned Cedar? I thought any evergreen wood would be too sappy or acidic for a tank?
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i once lost the trail on Mt Lemmon near Tucson and i had to bushwack probably 1 1/2 miles through manzanita--transecting the whole altitudinal band that it occupied in that spot. it was murder. manzanita branches don't bend at all and there were about as many dead, pointy, eye-poking branches (which are even stiffer) as there were live ones. i had many little cuts all over.

don't get lost in a manzanita patch.

...but that is really nice wood that you got Tom.
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I think the problem with most people is not being able to identify the tree or tree branches that they find. Branches are found all over, but knowing which one can be aquarium safe is very hard. Some people might say it's ok to use, some other will same it can leach toxins and kill your fish.. Who's to know?

Any decent looking piece of wood for a smaller tank normally cost $20+ Then after a while you get tired of looking at it and what a different piece..

Driving out to where the manzanita wood is a filling up a U-Haul doesn't sound like a too bad of an idea

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i once lost the trail on Mt Lemmon near Tucson and i had to bushwack probably 1 1/2 miles through manzanita--transecting the whole altitudinal band that it occupied in that spot. it was murder. manzanita branches don't bend at all and there were about as many dead, pointy, eye-poking branches (which are even stiffer) as there were live ones. i had many little cuts all over.

don't get lost in a manzanita patch.

...but that is really nice wood that you got Tom.
Better than having to hike through Opuntia(terry bear cactus) thickets.


I think the point of this thread is hardly not to point out what I have here and you do not...........rather, to go out and look around nature and see what ideas you come up with wherever you live.

Get away from the computer and wander out in nature..........

Most dense wood will work fine, Manzanita is not that dense itself, but soaks up water like a sponge. Most tough hard desert type woods work very well.
Mopani wood is a C4 tree all over Africa, pretty much a desert fire adapted weed tree. Some hardwoods work well after the center core has rotted out.

Lakes are good also if man made in the last 20-100 years with the old left over stumps.

Point is, folks might want to get out and see what's there.

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but how do you tell what is what ??

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mm me wants to move down there now !

amazing wood, I can think of so many things to do with that hollow log

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