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Old 03-12-2005, 04:36 AM Thread Starter
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Fake driftwood?

I've been searching for that perfect peice of driftwood for a while now, and I'm becoming really frustrated. All of the fish stores in my area suck really bad, and none of them have any driftwood that I would consider for my tank. I also find it impossible to talk myself into buying a peice of driftwood from an online shop. However, the shops in my area do carry quite an abundance of fake driftwood, most of which is of the exact size and shape that I'm looking for. Could I get something like Java moss to attach to fake driftwood, and most importantly, for those of you out there using fake driftwood, does it look that much different from the real deal once it's submerged and in the tank?
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He's probably talking about that platic-looking fake stuff. I don't think java fern/moss will attach to that, but I could be wrong.
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Moss will have a hard time cling to the plastic surface. Unlike rocks, which may look smooth, but has small pores of holes that plants can anchor onto, plastic drift wood does not. It's not impossible, just much harder than real wood.

You could try wrap the artificial wood with moss and fishing lines. If they could not get a good anchor on the surface, at least they will be able to hold onto the gap between the fishing line and the plastic surface.

I helped a guy with plastic reef rocks and macro algae (caulerpa sp.). Even though caulerpa after a while seems to be anchoring, but accidental bump or strong current will knock them off. The only algae that made to the surface is calcarious coralline algae, which isn't an option for FW tanks.
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The world is full of wood, surely you have lakes and streams in PA to go poking through in search of a "unique" piece to use in your tank ?
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Old 03-12-2005, 06:31 PM
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Petsmart and Petsmart.com has fake driftwood. They look fairly real I had a large piece in my 55g. Everyone thought it was real wood. Now that I have converted this tank to a planted tank, I took out this fake drift wood and put in some real Malaysian bogwood.

I do not know if plants will attach to it. Best thing about fake stuff is that it will not discolor your water or change water chemistry.

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ALL of the anubias is FIRMLY growing on a fake petsmart rock



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Fake? Do you mean like wally world fake? Well, I don't like real drift wood ether. So I use Porcelain but not plastic. I could never get real drift wood to quit leeching out yellow stuff. I tried soaking it out, scrubing it out and boiling but I still got ring around the collar.:-)

But I make the fake stuff look ok, here is a pic
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If confession is good for the soul, here's mine, just bought it a few days ago from the LFS, or rather traded green stuff for it. I like it, and I think it will look very nice when in the tank once it get's a bit of algae on it and surround by live plants. Wondering about using the hollow part to plant something in, but I'm not sure what yet.



I draw the line at plastic plants though.
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Javamoss attaches firmly to my HOB filter intake which is a plastic pipe, no doubt in my mind it will attach to fake driftwood. I wouldn't use it but that's just my personal pref for natural stuff.

Just be careful you get something that is meant to be under water, not the terrarium decorations. Some of the fake ornaments can leach out poisonous substances as some people (their fish) found out.


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Good advice, in Petsmart at least they have identical pieces, one for fish, one for reptiles.
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hey tony, is there a place i can see other pics of your 29 gal? whith all of the shadowing, it's hard to tell what it would look like in your house on a normal basis.
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I've had java fern grow and multiply on the sides of an aquarium. When I finally took down the tank, I had to scrape the roots off the glass with a razor blade, and it wasn't easy.
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Buck is right, the world is full of wood. I'm going to go find me a peice of driftwood right now!
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Since we're still frozen and under a new batch of snow here, now is no time to hunt wood! I got this fab piece on eBay for $12.00 for my new 46gal bowfront. I find lots of cool driftwood here.....

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