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Brugmansia 11-21-2012 03:05 AM

Collected Driftwood
 
Hi all,

I am new to planted tanks, but have been keeping fish for very many years. I am setting up a 90, will have RO, Co2, good substrate and lights.

My question is about driftwood. I live in Western Montana near Flathead Lake (huge, very clean). There is abundant beautiful driftwood on the shores this time of year. Does anyone have insight on collecting (good or dangerous) or preparing 'wild' wood?

I am excited about Aqatic Gardening, being a professional Horticulturist for 45 years. I have been landscaping huge gardens for so long, this mini world is a welcome change.

The plan involves South American dwarf Cichlids, Charicins, and other compatables. Not a strict biotope tank.

Thanks for any feedback,
Miriam

lochaber 11-21-2012 08:25 PM

Go for it - you'll be able to find some great looking pieces, and you can't beat the pricing.

You might want to try and select pieces that look more weathered, don't have bark, etc.

Since it's freshwater, you don't have to worry about trying to remove the salts, but it's probably still a good idea to soak them to help remove excess tannins/etc., and to help them sink.

Some people advocate doing soaks with bleach, etc. I'm not sure this is really necessary, but it probably depends on your source, and what critters you have/plan on having.


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