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Cheap Manzanita... yeah!

I came across these 2 websites that sell Manzanita, just wondering if they would be OK for aquarium use (I don't see why not but figured I would ask first)

http://www.save-on-crafts.com/branches2.html

http://www.bloomsandbranches.com/

They sell the stuff for craft use, but I don't see why it couldn't be used in an aquarium. I would also imagine that you would have to water log the wood as well.

Any input would be great or if anyone has ordered from a site like this that could give feedback would also be great!

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post #2 of 59 (permalink) Old 06-15-2012, 10:04 PM
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There's some really beautiful pieces on the first site you linked to. I wonder what type of wood the tree sculpture is. I can think of some much better uses for that wood than turning it into the candle holder they have a picture of. That thing looks like something from the Munsters. As long a the wood isn't treated with anything it seems like it would be fine. It makes me nervous that in one of the descriptions it says grown and harvested. It makes me wonder if they would spray their crops with any pesticides.
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On the ones I saw it said it can be used for reptile cages so I guess it's safe
Thanks for the link! I'll look into buying some of these I was about to spend 40 on a nice piece for my 25 gal
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Anyone got any info if this is truly safe or not?
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It's so cheap it's hard to resist. Maybe someone could email the company and ask if there's any chance of the wood having come in contact with any chemicals. The problem with that is you'd tip them off to the fact that there's a market for their product that's used to paying a lot more. Might end up seeing special "aquarium safe" wood that's more expensive but otherwise no different.

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It's so cheap it's hard to resist. Maybe someone could email the company and ask if there's any chance of the wood having come in contact with any chemicals. The problem with that is you'd tip them off to the fact that there's a market for their product that's used to paying a lot more. Might end up seeing special "aquarium safe" wood that's more expensive but otherwise no different.
Yeah that's true
I guess I could try an email I mean hopefully one email one tip them off
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You should totally give credit to slidewithme on r/plantedtank for showing these to you!

I mean, you didn't "come across" those sites, she helped you out.
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definately bookmarked this thread, if anyone emails the company please post the results, their both super cheap sources, planning on making purchases for a 55 gal and 90 gal if their safe, good find!! thanks for sharing

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I've bought from bloomsandbranches before. The branchy ones that are sandblasted are gorgeous! If you love finely branched manzanita, perfect for smaller tanks, then you need this stuff Highly recommended!

I have placed 2 orders in the past and emailed them the 1st time asking about chemicals. They said no chemicals are used and I've never had an issue. Of course, you'll get that initial slime growth on the branches at 1st, but it's safe and otos will eat it right up. Mine also darkened from white to brown over time (probably due to a piece of driftwood leaching tannins).

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I bought a ton of manzanita branches from save on crafts over a year ago to help my friend make center pieces for her wedding and had a few branches left over so I actually emailed them and asked if they treated the wood with anything and was told no. Just dried and sanded. Just to be on the safe side, I had a few soaking in water for a couple weeks and threw them into one of my tanks and everything seemed fine. Just the usual "snot " that eventually went away.

Getting them to sink was a PIMA so I ended up siliconing them to pieces of slate. Oh and the smaller' twiggier pieces broke off easily so I had to trim them a bit.

I plan on using the remaining branches I have left for my first planted tank(hopefully starting it soon!) so I'll let everyone know how it goes.
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Ok awesome I was gonna email them but looks like it's pretty much safe which is GREAT news I definitely can't wait to start on some tanks over the summer
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Oh, mine sank immediately - they're very dense and heavy! No problems at all with sinking.

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Is grapewood safe for aquariums??
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Is grapewood safe for aquariums??
yes. I've got two very large pieces in one of my tanks. It's softer and will degrade sooner, but we're talking YEARS and a lot of my fish love pecking at it.

I think the fact that it's so soft helps more bacteria populate it, but that's just a hunch. That tank with the grapewood though is one of my most stable.
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Since I'm beginning to start a new aquarium (40B) and am hearing great things about these manzanita branches from these 2 sites, does anyone who purchased from them care to share a pic of their tank so I know how it looks?

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