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Manzanita replacement?

Hello everyone,

I wonder what tree that could replace Manzanita wood. As I was looking at my tree on the backyard, I came across this nice looking tree. I love the branches, and I was wondering if I should put it in my newly setup 52g tank.

I have no idea what type of tree it is, but I have a picture of it. May be some of you have any experience with this type of tree or any tree besides Manzanita??? what do you think?

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From the nice bark and seed pods could that be crepe myrtle? Does it have pink, red or white flowers in the summer and red autumn foliage? Somebody here has used it I think. If I am right you can search here and google for other forum postings on it.


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Whatever the tree is, you do need to cure the wood from it before it goes into an aquarium. That means letting it slowly dry out, so the moisture content is very low. That gets rid of any sap or other water soluble stuff in the wood that might possibly be a problem. Green wood shouldn't be used.

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You might be right Kathyy, it's probably crepe myrtle. I wonder how long it take to dry out if I chop it off and left it under the sun. Hmmm......

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Look for dead branches in the trees and use them, save a lot of time. I wonder if girdling a branch and leaving it on the tree would get the sap out faster?


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I wonder if girdling a branch and leaving it on the tree would get the sap out faster?
I believe that would hold the sap in place.
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