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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-14-2012, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Wood for aquariums

What kind of woods are safe for aquarium use? Is these anything that I can collect myself?
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My personal favorite is malaysian driftwood. I think its beautiful and it sinks. The fish and plant eaters really seem to enjoy it as well. It will make the water more acidic at first, eventually it looks real nice. Other wood is Mazanita (sp?), they sell a lot of it here. I really like some pieces but much too branchy for me.

Any driftwood will do. Some float though so you have to tie or hold them down. You can find wood if you know of a river or stream around just look along the banks, if you don't see any you can try another part of the river. Just make sure you soak it in really hot water for 3-4 days straight, the longer the better and better than any of that would be to boil it if you have the means.

I scrub might lightly then soak for a week. With malaysian sometimes it's really fresh and a month cure will be much better in a spare tub than in your precious tank.

I am sure there are many more I am just putting in my 2 cents.
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i use any kind of wood i can find, right now im waiting for a new piece to sink. i just leave the piece under the water and wait until it sinks and then i just take the piece in the tank

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Make sure the wood you collect is dried all the way and a hardwood...


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Make sure the wood you collect is dried all the way and a hardwood...
after i read your anwser i whent to check my piece of wood and i can feel that not all the the wood is hard, it has some soft parts what happens if i introduce those parts in the aquarium?

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The softer, mushy parts will rot pretty fast in an aquarium.

Use a stiff brush (wire brush or very stiff plastic) and scrub off the soft areas. You may need to gouge them out with a knife. A little bit of this sort of stuff will not be a problem, but large areas can be.
Brush in the same direction as the grain of the wood. Wire brushing can damage the firm, good wood, making scars that may show even under water. If you brush with the grain of the wood, the brush may still scratch the part of the wood that you are keeping, but it will look natural, not like a scratch.
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Thanks, there is a river near me that I can check out if I can find a way to get around the hills surrounding it.
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