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Fig tree driftwood

I live near some old fig orchards.

I pass by these every day. some are old and dead, perfect. i just realized today that they would make excellent driftwood. I wonder if the wood is good for our purpose. It sure looks incredible but i wonder how it can tolerate submersion and if it will begin to rot or give any issues.

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IMO good driftwood is wood that was submerged in clear rivers for an extended time, water logged, done fouling, no smell. Ripping wood off a live or dead tree always involves an extended time of preparation and a high degree of uncertainty.

With regards to figs, hard to say, but the fact that they are full of some milky sap might indicate that they leach unwanted stuff. You could try it.


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Fig wood seems too soft and will break down fast.

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If you do try it please let us know how it turns out. I wonder if the results will be similar to grapevine wood


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the there is a group of trees that have been DEAD for years and have been rained on and weathered for a long time.

I am afraid that they may end up similar to grapevine and get moldy white slimy stuff on the outside.

but we will find out soon.


If nobody has tried before i may rip off a small branch and throw it in one of the tanks to see what happens to it.

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i'm about to do a little covert mission and round up a nice branch of this stuff for testing. So an update is coming soon.

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this did not pan out well and i think the wood is just about useless in a planted tank. oh well, i will try something different.

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Whenever I go through the valley, the dead orchard wood calls...then I wonder about residual pesticides and chicken out.
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Whenever I go through the valley, the dead orchard wood calls...then I wonder about residual pesticides and chicken out.
For a long time now pesticides have been required to have a limited life once distributed over the landscape. I doubt that any old wood from an orchard would harbor enough pesticide to have any effect on an aquarium. And, you would clean the wood thoroughly before use anyway.

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