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Best Selection of Wood?

I'm on the hunt now for some nice branch like pieces or rooted stump pieces that can go in the new Mr. Aqua 6.5 that's arriving this week. I've got one older piece that will work just fine, but I'm having problems finding smaller pieces.

If you have seen any pieces that could fit in a 16" x 7" floor print let me know. That's what space I have left with the current piece I have. If you have anything you'd like to sell please PM/Post pics of the piece.

I checked out H.O.T. last weekend and all of their pieces were too bulky.

I actually would like a piece that would stick out of the tank as well that fits that floor print, but that isn't a requirement.
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What about Mopani driftwood? They have three sizes: Small 6" - 8", Medium 10" - 12", Large 16" - 18".

I bought a few of each and picked the ones I liked best for my tank. You should boil them and then soak them for at least two weeks unless you don't mind blackwater (tea). There are three pieces in this tank:

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Mopani is too thick. I'd find it would take too much space in a 23.5" x 9.5" floor print. I have plenty of pieces of Mopani (that I used in a 40) and it was solid wood that looked great! The problem for this setup is that it's out of proportion for a 6.5 gallon tank.
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Update -

Just checked out my LFS (Rick's Fish & Pet in Frederick, MD) last night to see if they had some spider wood that I could use. Sadly the stuff he had left in stock was too big, but if anyone is looking for larger stumps to build fern trees you want to swing by.

I plan on contacting another LFS today to see if they have anything in stock, otherwise it seems I'll be making another trip down to H.O.T. in the near future.

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Also, Quantum Reef in Springfield VA has a good selection of multiple types of driftwood.
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@Sarlindescent, from my understanding they only carry manzinita. I'm not against using it, but it's not at the top of my list due to the look I'm going for with my setup. Thanks for the recommendation though! I always like checking out new places, though this one will be a bit of a hike.
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@Sarlindescent, from my understanding they only carry manzinita. I'm not against using it, but it's not at the top of my list due to the look I'm going for with my setup. Thanks for the recommendation though! I always like checking out new places, though this one will be a bit of a hike.


They have manzinita, but I have bought spider and Malaysian from them before.
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Oh cool! I might swing down there this weekend. I'm going to give H.O.T. one more chance as they are only 45 minutes away compared to 1 hour and 20 minutes.
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I was able to get a nice small piece from H.O.T. this weekend. It was a little large for trying to boil, so I had to do half at a time. It is now soaking to get tannins out. I plan on putting my 15G together once I get some black sand, and that is where this piece is going to go.
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I like Manzanitan the best. The branches look great.

I have a piece that I think you'll like. Will send pics when I get home from work.

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I like Manzanitan the best. The branches look great.
That is what I got! I was sitting there looking at what they had selected a few and then asked if they cared if I took the lid off of one of the 10G they had sitting emty on a table. There were a few that looked nice, and then the piece I bought, I laid it in thinking it would look cool one way. Decided I didn't like it and was about to just set it to the side. Then decided to rotate it... Yep stopped looking and bought that piece!
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I was able to get a nice small piece from H.O.T. this weekend. It was a little large for trying to boil, so I had to do half at a time. It is now soaking to get tannins out. I plan on putting my 15G together once I get some black sand, and that is where this piece is going to go.
Yup I got mine at H.O.T.

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I like Manzanitan the best. The branches look great.

I have a piece that I think you'll like. Will send pics when I get home from work.
Who were you referring to @Mikeygmzmg?


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Yup I got mine at H.O.T.



Who were you referring to @Mikeygmzmg?
hey Tinsho,

I didn't realize you already found a piece when I wrote that. I have some cool Manzanitan pieces and one of them sounds like a perfect match to your specs and look.

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@Mikeygmzmg send me some pics, if you look on my thread you can see that I've been debating on one piece as it's not exactly the look I wanted, but it's like 60% there.


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Alternate source: Check out a local terrestrial plant nursery. See if they have any
Boxwood that have died and are still in the back somewhere. These have small very curved branches which seldom go more than an inch without a curve in it.

The shortest distance between any two points is a straight line...in the opposite direction...
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