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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-15-2015, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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Is petrified wood OK for a tank?

I have a piece of petrified wood and was wondering if you guys think it would be OK to be put in a planted tank.

Looks as if is has taken on characteristics of Quartz type minerals..

Didn't want it to mess with the water?
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That type of stone always looks cool I think.
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I'm not crazy about the shape...it doesn't have much character it's pretty blocky. May be able to do something cool with it though.
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Yes, it should be fine.


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Could scrub it to take off any debris that might be on it and drop nitrate test solution#1 on it to see if it would change the KH. I don't care if KH is increased as I do lots of water changes but it matters a lot to other aquarists.

I have seen wonderful tanks with this type of stone. Better if you had a number of them in different sizes though.


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You might get a diatom bloom after you put that in your tank and your TDS might increase, but it will resolve itself over time. If you don't want it to foul your water, toss it outside in a bucket of treated water and do water changes weekly. In about a month, it should stop leaching solids into the water.


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It should be fine long term. Odds are it will have some calcite but that should wash off/dissolve over time.

Also there are a few VERY rare times when petrified wood is petrified with something other than quartz.


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I have a 5.5g with a small chunk of petrified wood in it. I don't see any ill effects or any change of parameters.
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I have a lot of petrified wood in one of my tanks. (Avid rock hound) I haven't noticed any effects good or bad in over a years time.


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I've got it in my tank with no effect on parameters.
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