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What type of driftwood is safe for planted aquariums with fish? Is driftwood from any type of pine tree safe? Hawaii has all kinds of driftwood that I can find along the beaches and in the streams, but don't know if all are safe for aquarium usage.
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Pine is a BIG no-no- you dont want woods with a lot of resins.

Manzanita, Malaysian, Swahala, and Mopani are the most common types, but there are other hardwoods that are appropriate as well.

Beach driftwood usually works pretty well if it's hard and well dried out.





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How about pecan or mable? Thats what I can get in my yard. No cue wehre to get the other stuff you talk about around here.

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How about pecan or mable? Thats what I can get in my yard. No cue wehre to get the other stuff you talk about around here.
Check on Ebay, and also here in the Swap n Shop- you can usually get pretty good deals here, especially on Manzanita.





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LOL no I meant as in around the house. I am cheep and want cheep or better yet free.

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Yes I know I cant type half the time. For those that have not figured it out. (not many I am sure your a smart bunch.) That was maple.

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How would I test to see if the wood that washes up is from a hardwood tree? I have no clue what type of wood the driftwood that washes up on Hawaii's shores is. Most of the wood that washes ashore is usually bleached pretty white, is very, very light and buoyant and easy usually broken fairly easily (even some of the larger pieces). I have used driftwood for bonfires at the beach and have never seen any resins or oils come out while burning. According to what I've learned and read most of our beach driftwood orginates from the Pacific Northwest area and Alaska. What kinds of trees line those coastal areas that would drift to Hawaii?
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General rule, denser is better, older long dead is better, does it sink?
Probably not if you found it on the beach

I've found things in the desert, on hills sides that where really hot, dry, oaks, Manazanita, Madrone, cedar, Cypress, Redwood, all of which are confiers........and even some pines at high elevations.

Since you live in HW, best to look up creeks and in lakes, rivers etc.
If it's not rotten, it's likely fine, remember if you use carbon and do frequent water changes, the wood will pose little issue chemically.

Beach wood has never been that great for me.
The mouth of a river tends to be a good spot though after big storms.

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