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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-01-2016, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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went looking for driftwood

So I went looking for driftwood at my local lake today and I am so exited about what I found . One of the pieces will be saved for a big tank later . But right now I have 2 kinda of scapes in mind but cant make a decision between a black water scape and just one with a big center piece . The black water one will be the one with the small twigs and the other has the big chunk of driftwood . Might just have to do both but witch on first ?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-01-2016, 01:38 AM
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Congrats on the good find. That all looks like good dry stuff. Maybe a $100 walk about? Not a bad haul for that amount. I like the third picture best but then I'm also a big wood guy so my thoughts may not count!
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so I decided to use the bigger driftwood now should I use CaribSea Super Naturals sunset gold sand or CaribSea Flora Max black


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I really like the big piece, too. Would like to see what you do with it.


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Those 2 large pieces are great ! Might want to consider using some stainless steel screws to fasten the pieces to some floor tile or slate . Might be a while before they get waterlogged .
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YA thats what I was thinking too ^^^^^


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So I decided to cut down the bigger piece of wood , I wanted something more branchy . I am way happier with this one now to get some rocks and sand and plants then start a journal .
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Sometimes we need to just go with the first thought and see how it feels. I can sweat for hours, turning wood left ,right and over and still not feel right until I just let it go for a while.
Progress is often better when I do actually start! Glad to see you are moving along. Getting out and actually finding the wood puts you one big step up over lots of folks.
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Ya it was fun looking for the wood at the lake but there was so much more I wanted to bring home but no were to store it . Also didn't want to hog it all and not let anyone else have a chance to get them some .


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Good thinking on the sharing! But then there is always the question of how many are really motivated enough to get out there and look!
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How did you get them all cleaned up, the first pics they're all gray and old looking, then they're all brown and clean - very nice?

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I don't know about what Jeff did but it normally goes like this for me. I wash the major dirt and clear any remaining bark and then do a bleach soak. The soak will often turn the wood white but then when it goes in the tank and gets wet, the normal woodgrain color comes back.
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