Re: Cheap Manzanita... yeah!
You want to go sandblasted...the red still has bark on it. The bark will have oils, exposure to chemicals, and will rot faster than the wood underneath. I guess you could sand it yourself, but if the pieces are small you could break them.
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20L Convict "Bedroom"
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55 gal Paludarium/Vivarium coming soon