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Types of Wood Suitable for Aquatic Use

I tried to think about where to make this thread...closest I could find would be Aquascaping, but really I wonder if there could be a "wood & stones" sub forum somewhere.

Anyway, for wood, everyone here knows about manzanita and malaysian driftwood. But what else would do well for aquatic use? ideally, the wood should be good for at least a year.

with my 75g, i've been experimenting with mitsumata because i wanted things that looked like willow branches. mitsumata unfortunately, isn't viable for long term use. it's already deteriorating in my tank, and it's just been a month.

anyone else have experience/knowledge they'd like to share? I'm also curious about bonzai wood if anyone's played around with that.


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Hardwoods normally safe. Softwoods just rot. Some leach tannins, some float all solved by soaking the wood
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I have been told not to use pine but I have pine in both of my tanks (see sig.) and love it. I wouldn't recommend putting pine branches in the tank and calling it good. The pieces I have, have been submerged under ~32 feet of water for 100+ years.


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I have been told not to use pine but I have pine in both of my tanks (see sig.) and love it. I wouldn't recommend putting pine branches in the tank and calling it good. The pieces I have, have been submerged under ~32 feet of water for 100+ years.
So long as the pine is not green and sap laden, I don't think there is much a problem. I think that the problem is that pine sap(resin, tar, what have you) is a rather strong disinfectant on its own.

I've heard grape vine rots quickly in the aquarium but have no experience with that.
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I have been told not to use pine but I have pine in both of my tanks (see sig.) and love it. I wouldn't recommend putting pine branches in the tank and calling it good. The pieces I have, have been submerged under ~32 feet of water for 100+ years.
challenge would be finding them under those conditions


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