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Ordering from AFA / Horn vs Branch wood

Hi! I have everything for my Nuvo 20 black except hardscape and plants. Has anyone ordered from Aqua Forest Aquarium?

I also want all of your opinions on whether horn wood or branch wood is better to aquascape with.

I'm thinking of ordering Seiryu stone and one of the woods I mentioned, either horn or branch.

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Hi! I have everything for my Nuvo 20 black except hardscape and plants. Has anyone ordered from Aqua Forest Aquarium?

I also want all of your opinions on whether horn wood or branch wood is better to aquascape with.

I'm thinking of ordering Seiryu stone and one of the woods I mentioned, either horn or branch.

Thanks!
I've purchased nearly all of my materials (dry goods and plants) from AFA and have always had an excellent experience. In fact, my wife and I are planning a trip to SF in a couple weeks and we're driving up there in case I decide to haul some stuff back.

As far as the wood is concerned. I recently purchased both branch wood and slim wood but have not tried the horn wood. I would suggest looking at layouts using the various types of wood to decide which layout style you are looking to achieve.

If you are adding stone with the wood take a look at yamaya stone which looks more natural with driftwood than seiryu. Also the yamaya is inert whereas the seiryu will increase your waters PH and overall hardness.


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Awesome! Thanks for the info. I'd love to visit the store sometime too. Around where I live there aren't any good stores :-(. I think I've decided to go with their branch wood. The Nuvo Black has a darker background and the branch wood seems like a lighter wood.
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Awesome! Thanks for the info. I'd love to visit the store sometime too. Around where I live there aren't any good stores :-(. I think I've decided to go with their branch wood. The Nuvo Black has a darker background and the branch wood seems like a lighter wood.
Good choice, I decided to go with branch wood in my tank as well and I love the shape.

Just so you know what to expect, I boiled my branch wood really well, dried it out in the sun, then dipped it in hydrogen peroxide. Using this method I didn't have too much tannins released but the saprolegnia (white fungus) is inevitable. You will have to deal with that and it's a pain. Also it took about 2 weeks before the wood sank so make sure you find driftwood that is shaped in a way that will allow you to weight it down with a rock easily.


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I would suggest buying everything but hardscape online. AFA is fantastic, but not being able to see what your working with sucks. I recently ordered slim wood form them and regret it. Not because of the quality, but what i got. Im very picky when it comes to hardscape. Put it this way, i sometimes drive 1.5hrs away just to look for hard scape. Other times i drive 1hr. Hard scare is the defining point in a scape. Ive seen some members on here that sell wood, rock, etc with measurements and actual pieces labeled that you can buy. that gives you a better insight of what you're getting. Ordering blindly will most likely be a let down. I suggest everything from AFA. Just don't get your hopes up is what I'm saying.
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Good choice, I decided to go with branch wood in my tank as well and I love the shape.

Just so you know what to expect, I boiled my branch wood really well, dried it out in the sun, then dipped it in hydrogen peroxide. Using this method I didn't have too much tannins released but the saprolegnia (white fungus) is inevitable. You will have to deal with that and it's a pain. Also it took about 2 weeks before the wood sank so make sure you find driftwood that is shaped in a way that will allow you to weight it down with a rock easily.
Yeah, I expected the fungus, sounds like a blast for the first few weeks haha. Thanks for all the tips, you've been a great help!

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I would suggest buying everything but hardscape online. AFA is fantastic, but not being able to see what your working with sucks. I recently ordered slim wood form them and regret it. Not because of the quality, but what i got. Im very picky when it comes to hardscape. Put it this way, i sometimes drive 1.5hrs away just to look for hard scape. Other times i drive 1hr. Hard scare is the defining point in a scape. Ive seen some members on here that sell wood, rock, etc with measurements and actual pieces labeled that you can buy. that gives you a better insight of what you're getting. Ordering blindly will most likely be a let down. I suggest everything from AFA. Just don't get your hopes up is what I'm saying.
That makes perfect sense. I'm not too picky about my hardscape this go around since this is my first planted tank and I don't plan on it being an award winning set up.

If I was setting up a tank that I had a very specific vision for I would definitely want to hand pick everything.

Thank you for your words of caution and I'll be sure not to have high expectations. Better to be pleasantly surprised than disappointed :-D
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