Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Staten Island NY
What wood to use in a Mangrove type Paludarium...
Hello All. I am new here and I wanted to start off by asking a simple question about a future project of mine.
I want to setup a 65 Gallon Paludarium with brackish water and I would like it to have a mangrove look, with long branches (roots) reaching down from the surface into the water. I'd have some horizontal branches on the top also. I plan on doing a foam background with cocofiber and/or sand applied to it with black silicon and the wood will be secured with the great stuff foam.
I want to have some Archer Fish on the bottom, and maybe a large asian mudskipper (I'll build him a shelf or two carved in to the foam background. On the top I'd like to do some small asian arboreal snake like the flying tree snake perhaps, although I would have to make sure whatever snake I choose is a mammal eater and not something that would try and eat the mudskipper/archers.
Anyway, now to my question, what wood could I use to create the mangrove appearance that wont make the water acidic? Mopani (African Root), Cypres, and the other common aquarium wood will leech tannins and lower the pH. They also dont really look like Mangrove Roots either.
Is there actuall mangrove wood available to use? If not what's a good substitue? Or do I have to go with something artificial?
Any info here is greatly appreciated...