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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 04:19 AM Thread Starter
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I have a question about this driftwood

Today, I saw this driftwood at Pacific, it looks very nice with attach java moss and java fern, but i do not know what kind of this driftwood?
Does it effect PH in my fish tank?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 03:50 PM
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(My two cents/not any kind of expert)

I think that it will be perfectly fine but that it will almost definitely affect the pH. I think that so long as you keep up with water changes than that effect will be minimal and if anything the fish will like it.

I base this on my personal experience with putting wood into tanks; I have defied all the conventional advice in this regards. I have put huge, essentially planks of maple from my yard into a tank, with bark still on. It darkens the water up, but A 40% WC a week keeps that in check. Fish like to pick at it. Shrimp and snails love it. The wood was almost certainly still green in places. I soaked it for a long time just to keep it from floating, but that is all, no boiling or other sterilizing.

I think that in general concerns about wood are overblown and that the main things to worry about are pesticides, which, it being from Pacific and assuming you rinse or soak it a bit are mitigated, and the wood itself having some harmful chemical properties. I'm no botanist, but that seems like a far outside chance so long as you aren't putting sappy pine branches in.

In either case, if the wood is pre soaked ahead of time so that it sinks (something else I have skipped before with no resultant problems) than by the time it will stay down you're golden.
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Looking at it to me looks more root like instead of wood. But as long as it's a dense piece I don't think you have to worry, just do as MrBrongher said for soaking, some people like to boil. I soak for a week or 2 depending on how much tanins come out of the wood. I have a large piece of DW in my 40g, only soaked it for a few days(cause I got no patience) my tank had brown water for quite a while even with weekly water changes but I still have a 7.0 ph in that tank and the fish seemed happy. That would look nice with moss and anubias or java fern on it.
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I have some of the rosewood from Pacific. A few things about it:
It turns a nice maroon/red color when wet.
It's buoyant for a week or two. After a week of soaking, it will become water logged and will sink.
I haven't noticed any parameter changes since placing it in my tank. However, the tank it's in has taken on a light tea color. Though that might be due to the MGOCPM under my sand...

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-18-2012, 07:49 AM
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How much does something like that run at Pacific? I was thinking of driving in to take a look in the next few days.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-18-2012, 08:27 AM
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Depends on the piece. Usually between $15 - $35.

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-18-2012, 07:03 PM
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that piece kinda looks like ginseng root

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-18-2012, 07:22 PM
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I have something similar in my tank. It took two weeks or more to sink because I didn't boil it...It grew this nasty looking white gooey algae looking snot that had to be scrubbed off once and then it's gone. Not sure what it is but the sales guy told me to expect it. It looks awesome in my tank and the fish love the knotty roots to hide in.

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