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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-08-2007, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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What I would like to do is have something that looks like a tree has fallen down and stuck one of its branches into the water.

1.) I found a branch from an oak tree the other day. It has an interesting shape with three smaller branches coming off, and is just the right size for my tank. It felt solid enough, even though most of the bark had already fallen off, so I brought it inside. However, after it had been inside I noticed that part of it was soft and spongy. Turns out it was frozen and thawed out. Obviously, rot has set in. It is not completely rotted, but just partly. It is also too big to boil. No pot big enough, so I will have to use a chlorine bath.

My question is, is this OK to use. I'm thinking that my XXL Pleco might consider it as Christmas Dinner. (I call it an XXL Pleco because it is bigger than the XL at the LFS.) Or would it be a bad thing to use in a tank?

2.)What about Black Locust? I have a thornless black locust that I could possibly hack a branch off of. There is also a bunch of soft maple and Ash in the area. Which brings up my third question....

3.) Is it OK to use green wood, or should it be dried first (even though it is going to be soaked again anyway)?

I should have been thinking farther ahead because earlier this fall I cut and burnt a bunch of branches, several of which would have been perfect!

And, yes, I did search the forums but found nothing on using specific North American hardwoods.

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I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure green wood is a big no no. I"d worry about sap, or other internal chemicals it may have before it dies off/dries out.

your other dead oak bark is probably a better candidate, but probably should be boild and soaked a lot before using.
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Green wood is a no-no but for the most part small hardwood "branches" such as oak or ash are OK. You just cant use any soft woods. I used oak branches years ago in a tank and never experienced any problems. Just be sure it is seasoned wood and prepare it for the tank before using.

I did a tank sort of like you are doing once, it looked great and the fish loved the downward branches. I just rested the branch tips on the bottom and let the end of the branch stick out the top of the tank.


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your other dead oak bark is probably a better candidate, but probably should be boild and soaked a lot before using.
Even though it is partially rotted? I believe the term for this is 'punk wood'.

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if it has started to rot throw it out.

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