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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-25-2011, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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So, none of the pet shops around my area (or around the whole mainland) have any good "aquarium driftwood". The new owner of the local Big Als is trying something new with bringing in something similar to manzanita from over seas. But he has said that the price will be quite high, and hes mainly bringing the stuff in as a test run.

But, I see alot of 'reptile wood' that is really nice and deffinately more to my liking. Is it possible to safely use this stuff in an aquarium? I have seen some that is very soft, which is obviously not the best idea. But I have a few pieces in my reptile tanks that are very hard, and similar looking to blasted manzanita.

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why dont you just check out ebay?
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it would be much more convenient if I could improvise with something from a LFS.


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I understand but your going to have alot more verity and save money.
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I'm aware. PC1 has some great pieces of manzanita, and there are a lot of places online where I can get some, I know that.

But my question wasn't where to buy wood, it was if there are type of reptile wood that could be used in an aquarium.


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I think I've bought some reptile wood on accident, feel it..does it seem soft? Compare it to nice hard mopani.. if it's real soft I wouldn't bother.. it will rot and algae will take full advantage of it.


and also I never ever ever ever could get it to stop staining the water yellow no matter how much it was boiled :P
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I've heard some reptile wood is treated with preservatives and biocides that would be harmful in an aquarium.

Perhaps if you can track a particular piece of wood back to the company that supplies it, they may be able to tell you if that's the case for their product.

Even if they told me it was safe, I'd probably still soak it for a few weeks in a bucket, with multiple water changes. Then put it in my QT for a few more weeks, with a fish I wouldn't mind losing.
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Reptile wood would be very risky. DarkCobra is exactly right. You have to be very careful what you put in your tank.
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check the swap and shop section.. excellent pieces and great prices

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Go to nearby lakes and such. There are plenty of fallen trees and some soaking in water already. Free driftwood.


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The reptile wood has glue on it with sand and stuff sprinkled on to make it more abrasive.
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