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Old 08-22-2012, 04:18 PM   #1
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Using different wood in the same tank?

I have a 75 gallon.

I was thinking of using different kinds of wood since I don't have enough of one kind for the entire tank.

I have:
2 pieces of Mopani (Medium to large unique pieces)
1 piece of Malaysian (small, currently hold a anubias)
2 pieces of manzanita (one large, one small)

My general idea with this is to keep the mopani/malaysian pieces on one side of the tank, covering them mostly with java as well as plants around them.

The larger piece of manzanita would lay down on the other side, main branches facing the middle of the tank with the other piece pointing more upwards. Of course plants would grow up and around the manzanita so only a little bit of the branches are showing.

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Old 08-22-2012, 05:10 PM   #2
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Symmetry will be compromised, IMO. It's a mess to re-do the hardscape in the future.
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:53 AM   #3
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Once the wood is covered with plants there would be only the little bits showing. Even if it is a bit different I do not think anyone will notice. Especially if all the wood gets dark.

As for the different shapes, stout stump-like chunks vs thinner, branching material, yes, that could be a problem, but again, when the plants cover it who is to see that?

If your goal did not include so many plants growing on the wood I would not mix woods. Even the grain of the wood is picturesque and would look funny if there were several kinds visible in the tank.
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