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Such a con..

You know, I really enjoy certain types of driftwood in a tank. I find it natural and very appealing. However, I cannot bring myself to spend the ridiculous amounts of money being asked. On top of that $25 dollars to ship???! Are you shipping it around the world and back to you, then to me again?! It is a piece of wood guys... Mother nature doesn't charge you to take it, and I do think you should be compensated for your effort. Just be realistic is all I'm saying..

Anybody know any reputable, "affordable" company or person that ships Manzanita?
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You don't ship much do you?
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it is wood...

I can go on ebay and find treated manzanita for birds with bolts and screws in it that ships for 5 dollars.. Same dimensions...
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All of the people shipping it here(pc1, plantbrain) are charging realistic prices. The hundreds of people who have bought from them are a good indication.

Ship me a 10x30x20 box and find out how much it costs.
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it is wood...
Which is big and heavy and awkward to package, and therefore expensive to ship sometimes. $25 may be a lot depending on the piece of wood but I would imagine some of the big "deer antler" looking pieces have to be in a huge box, and expensive to ship.

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Wood for an aquarium is typically odd shaped and takes up alot of room. Its also usuallu dense/heavy so it doesnt take long to sink when you get it. The tips of some of the finer pieces take time and care not to break while carrying out of the hills AND during shipping. Thus the expensive price tag. It must not be easy to aquire or alot more people would be offering it up for sale. If you are concerned about the price, you can do what I did and go down to the river to collect your own...it is wood, and its found in every river and stream in the nation.

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Shipping costs, even with the USPS and their pretty awesome flat rate can be pretty hefty too. Throw in fuel, packaging materials... it really adds up.
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I would love to go down to my lake and collect wood. I am not too great at IDing particular woods.. I know pine is a no-no.. Manzanita grows all along the west coast, including arizona and such.. If it grew on the east coast I would harvest myself.. All of my rocks in my Tanganyikan tank came from my lake...
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Check out the bridal section at the local hobby store if you don't feel like paying for shipping. They sell mazanita sometimes.


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what makes you think theres someting wrong with pine? ADG sells Texas select and its pine. I use pine in my own tanks. I think the reason is simply that its a softer wood and will only last 20 years instead of 50 and its lighter so it doesnt sink as fast. IDK?

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It's not the big and heavy part that matters. It's the bulky part. When you order driftwood, specifically manzanita, you order a large piece that, because of its dimensions, requires a *really* large box. And the people that sell and order manzanita in specific environments, like this one, are interested in a very specific look. So each piece is sold and shipped with very specific dimensions in mind.

That being said, I've spent the past five minutes looking through my bookmarks for a certain art/hobby site that I know I have saved somewhere, which sells manzanita (general sizes, but not specific pieces, if I remember correctly) with no success. But I'll keep looking unless somebody else links it first.

There are also aquarium sites which sell driftwood, and have flat rate shipping. Generally these sites are overpriced, but are very useful when you want to purchase bulky and/or heavy items that aren't available locally.

It's expensive. But the fact that you're looking for a very specific type of wood, grown in a fairly small sector of the US, says that you're willing to spend some money for something tailored to your needs. There's no use in complaining. You could have asked for links to reasonably-priced manzanita and avoided some irritated replies.
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I am also looking for wood for a nano tank.. Let me correct myself.. I understand the awkward or very large pieces being expensive to ship.. I only want a few pieces for a nano tank.. Shipping is still very expensive as well as the initial price..
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Bob's Tropical plants have small packages of driftwood for one. I donated the spares to someone's reptile tank. His lizard digs it.
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i was always told not to use pine because of the sap
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I've gotten good deals on driftwood thru ebay in the past.
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