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Is pine okay in a planted tank?

Went on a walk in the woods today, saw a lot of neat weathered pine branches and roots. Is pine wood okay to use in a planted tank? Or are the oils and chemicals that give it it's distinct smell going to be a problem to fish/plants?

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No softwood is the general rule. Stick to hardwood if you aren't sure.


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Pine if a softwood. General consensus is too stick to hard woods in the aquarium.


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pine has resin in it that's not good either.


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Great, thanks guys!
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I have pine stumps/root structure in both of my tanks. However, they have been submerged at the bottom of a flooded river for over 100 years. I have never had problems with them ever effecting my tanks nor have they decayed any. But I would not attempt a branch off a once living of still living tree.


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