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Old 11-02-2013, 01:34 PM   #1
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Reptile wood safe?


Are reptile woods safe for our aquariums? thanks
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Old 11-02-2013, 02:35 PM   #2
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I know the mopani they sell at petco in the reptile section is safe. Just boil it first to prevent the initial fungus or tannins.
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Old 11-02-2013, 06:40 PM   #3
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[QUOTE=jeepguy;4596138]I know the mopani they sell at petco in the reptile section is safe. Just boil it first to prevent the initial fungus or tannins.[/QUOTE
Something to check out. Also, will the silicone bonds the driftwood and slate rock strong enough? Another option I can go is screwing it but silicone is much easier.
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Silicon is fine. After u boil it the wood should sink. I never attached mine to anything. I have also used stainless steel screws screwed through a piece of slate.
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Silicon is fine. After u boil it the wood should sink. I never attached mine to anything. I have also used stainless steel screws screwed through a piece of slate.
I'll try the silicone first.
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I think epoxy would work better if you had any lying around. Epoxy will bond to almost anything, whereas silicone only bonds to a handful of materials.

Epoxy will likely cure quicker as well (depending on what type you use)
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I think epoxy would work better if you had any lying around. Epoxy will bond to almost anything, whereas silicone only bonds to a handful of materials.

Epoxy will likely cure quicker as well (depending on what type you use)
Whta type of epoxy? I assume you need to use a lot to bond a driftwood to a rock. I'm also using lace rock to attachit with.
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I use Mopani, once water logged it sinks like a brick. I soak new pc in tote tubs for a few weeks prior to used. I change water in the soak tubs daily

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I ordered 2 pieces from save on crafts website, $9 each and will get them tomorrow. I'll post the pictures, curious what they look like.
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When I've used Mopane wood before, it usually sinks either right away, or soon after soaking. -It's some pretty dense stuff.

As for epoxy, I imagine most types should be okay, but I'd avoid the ones that are 'metal filled' (J*B weld), or anything that claims mildew/mold/bacteria/microbe resistance or whatever. I think most of the standard 5-20 minute ones should work fine. I could be wrong on this, but generally epoxy(once cured) is pretty inert. It's what they use to coat gravel to make it all the various clown-colors, to fill/waterproof submersible motors and electronics, and people also use it to coat the inside of DIY plywood tanks. I've also used various types to make backgrounds and paludariums and such.
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Screws will be fine, just ensure you only use Stainless Steel to prevent rust and corrosion.
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