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Driftwood from petsmart?

I saw some drift there for fairly cheap and i was wondering if it is safe?




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That looks like it's for lizard tanks and will float in water. Amazon has nice mopani for cheap: http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-Africa...eywords=mopani
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I saw some drift there for fairly cheap and i was wondering if it is safe?

well I pick stuff out of Rivers so I'm sure it's safer than that but like the other guy said it might float, pick it up if it feels heavy and is hard you should be good
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That looks like it's for lizard tanks and will float in water. Amazon has nice mopani for cheap: http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-Africa...eywords=mopani
That's the same stuff on the left of the photos, same stuff and same price, more than likely cheaper at the store due to no shipping costs

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I would go for it
I prefer to go pick it up rather than but it but if that's not an option or not what your looking for then driftwood for under $15 is a good price
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I've used that wood, it's safe. It will grow light gray goop/film for awhile, but that is also safe for the fish. You can keep cleaning it off or just leave it for a month or more and then clean it off.
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I will be sure o boil it then. I am going to get the mopani, as for the grape vine, i will leave that alone.

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Local Petcos sell soaked driftwood in their stock tanks. It's a bit more expensive than the dry stuff, but it's ready to use.

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You have Pet Supplies Plus there in Raleigh. They have Malaysian driftwood for $10 ea. All sizes. It sinks like a rock and looks awesome. Look in the lizard section too because they split it up between fish and there. Much better selection imo than Petsmart/Petco. The Malaysian wood will leech tannins for ~3-4 months but meh...water changes take care of that minor stuff. If it really bugs you then use charcoal.

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How dod you know that? Besides looking online...

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Uhh... going to their website store locator? They're all identically laid out.

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Uhh... going to their website store locator? They're all identically laid out.

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Haha gotchya. Thought you were from around here.

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Naw...although I did do a 5 year bid in Charlotte in the 90s...
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Naw...although I did do a 5 year bid in Charlotte in the 90s...
Interesting 😏

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The Malaysian wood will leech tannins for ~3-4 months but meh...water changes take care of that minor stuff. If it really bugs you then use charcoal.
I suggest Purigen, from SeaChem. I think it works 100 times better at taking out tannins.

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