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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-04-2013, 03:46 AM Thread Starter
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Askin the peoples of Colorado for some help locating some items.

Alright, I get tired of my Aquascapes in my small tank about twice a year lol. So...... I am hopefully going to do something I have not done before. this particular tank has caught my attention.




I have my fluval flora (12"x12"x14") I am looking specifically for some sort of wood that kinda resembles what you see in the tank. I will probably use lace rock for the stone. The "stream" part will just be planted with some chain swords etc. The wood is REALLY what I am looking for, any one have any ideas as to the best place to find something like this (or have something like this they are willing to sell?)

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-04-2013, 11:09 AM
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I think the only place you are going to find something like that is up in the mountains. I remember a few years ago there was a guy living in southern Colorado who was using some in his tanks.
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I have a large piece I collected a few years ago not far from Fairplay that I keep in the yard. You see that stuff often in peoples yards.
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I think the only place you are going to find something like that is up in the mountains. I remember a few years ago there was a guy living in southern Colorado who was using some in his tanks.
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I have a large piece I collected a few years ago not far from Fairplay that I keep in the yard. You see that stuff often in peoples yards.

I remember asking him about it. He was in south west Colorado in an old mining town. There was a lake that he could go grab some driftwood in every winter after it froze over.
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As the lakes lower, you'll find a lot of driftwood. Last year I picked up a lot of small pieces at Green Mountain reservoir. I'm betting your best bets would be Dillon, Granby and any lake with lots of beetle kill around it. Somewhere like Strontia Springs and Cheeseman would probably be awesome due to runoff from burnt areas around them.

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Nice inspiration tank! There is a neat dealer I found she has some matching pieces available
at www.amazonmoosey.com

Let me know how it goes!

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Nice inspiration tank! There is a neat dealer I found she has some matching pieces available
at www.amazonmoosey.com

Let me know how it goes!
I will take a look around, thanks for the link.


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As the lakes lower, you'll find a lot of driftwood. Last year I picked up a lot of small pieces at Green Mountain reservoir. I'm betting your best bets would be Dillon, Granby and any lake with lots of beetle kill around it. Somewhere like Strontia Springs and Cheeseman would probably be awesome due to runoff from burnt areas around them.
The only worry I have is ending up with pine instead of another wood. Pine has an antiseptic property in the sap that can kill fish.
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The link I gave you will provide you with Swamp Cypress. But you gotta pay $$ lol.

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The link I gave you will provide you with Swamp Cypress. But you gotta pay $$ lol.
LOL I noticed that, and all the pieces I liked were already sold. I will troll around some fields this weekend near by and see what I can find.
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The only worry I have is ending up with pine instead of another wood. Pine has an antiseptic property in the sap that can kill fish.
The stuff I grabbed was small, and probably some sort of sage/bush. I soaked it a couple months, and then boiled it before putting it in my tank. Unfortunately most of Colorado is just pine or cottonwood. I can't see cottonwood having many interesting pieces.

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The stuff I grabbed was small, and probably some sort of sage/bush. I soaked it a couple months, and then boiled it before putting it in my tank. Unfortunately most of Colorado is just pine or cottonwood. I can't see cottonwood having many interesting pieces.
if I can manage to find some root wood that might work. I am going out and about on my bike tomorrow to see what I can find.
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Alright, good to go. I ended up going to fish den and found some small pieces of wood I liked so I jsust bought it. probably a little on the pricey side compared to finding some near a lake but I don't have time lol. Stopped at paulino gardens and grabbed a large flatter piece of lace rock that I will break down to build the scape. Hopefully a few weeks out.
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Got it close, made it more friendly to substrate loving plants. just have to let it grow in a bit and see if it needs any tweaking. Might add some moss somewhere too.

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Got it close, made it more friendly to substrate loving plants. just have to let it grow in a bit and see if it needs any tweaking. Might add some moss somewhere too.

That looks superb!

I wish I could do small tanks, my nano evolve turned into a nuclear bomb and killed everything in there :-(

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Looks good noah. Hit me up in 6 months when you want a change, i may let you dig thru my tubs of wood.

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