Hello everyone! Driftwood from the store is so dang expensive, so I wanted to make my own. I have been reading a lot about what types of wood are/aren't safe to be made intro driftwood, and how to prepare it, but I can't seem to find any answers to a few questions.
Firstly, I found a Juniper root (red cedar) and I know that everyone advises against cedars because of sap/poison/softwood, etc. However, I found it on top of the bluffs where I live in a very open field. It had uniform color throughout, was fairly small (around 6 - 7" long), and was extremely light. I could kind of tell it has been out there for quite some time, probably years. I boiled it for 2 hours, changing the water about 3 times, and then let it soak for another 7-8 hours. It sank after the first 2 water changes, and no tannins leaked out after the 8 hour soak, so I placed it in my tank (2 days ago, no water color changes have occurred).
I assume everything is fine then, right? I know that it might degrade faster, but it's so beautiful (it matches the color of my rosy reds perfectly). ---- should i remove this from my tank? and more importantly, is relatively any highly weathered (water, sun, etc.) wood from the United states CHEMICALLY safe for my fish and plants?
Finally, I found some beautiful Buckthorn roots that seem to have been dead for a while as well, but not nearly as long. I know buckthorns contain anthraquinone which is toxic to fish, but that only seems to be present in the leaves and berries (if I did my research correctly). Would this be safe to make into driftwood? I couldn't find out if anthra is also present in the wood itself.