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would you trust forest deadwood?

Not decaying ground stuff, but deadfall braches hung up in the air, or a branch off a standing dead tree.
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I do, I'm always looking for interesting downed or hanging branches for future setups. I will even pick up dead wood off the ground if it is in good shape and I have a good idea that it is from a hardwood tree.

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I would if I boiled it....
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What kind of treese are hardwood?

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Yup, I have used heather, oak, beech, hawthorn and even spruce and ivy before. As long as it's good and dead and dry you should be OK with most woods.
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Can you use willow branches?
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Dead wood is a relative term when we speak of how dry it really is inside. If it is totally dry and your water has good buffering, the type of wood is not important as concerns safety for fish. Really any wood is going to be safe. IF and it's a big IF, you watch the water and keep up with changing water as needed. A bleach water soak and drying is my choice for resetting any hazards from pollution. Since it may take several hours at least for water to fully soak into the wood, boiling is not very effective other than making one feel safe.
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If it was Hardwood, yes.

A small folding Pruning Saw is nice to have for collecting. Sporting goods retails that cater to hunters typically cary them with nice belt cases that make for easier carry while collecting.
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Yup i use downed wood all the time.
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Yes--I currently have a nice piece of black willow in my tank, and in the past I had an ashe juniper stump.
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Yes--I currently have a nice piece of black willow in my tank, and in the past I had an ashe juniper stump.
Oh, ok. I have some curly willow I want to stimulate roots and I heard the bark may be bad...
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Oh, ok. I have some curly willow I want to stimulate roots and I heard the bark may be bad...
White Willow bark has acetylsalicylic acid which similar to aspirin. It was used in pre-Columbian America as we use aspirin today.

I do not know about all sp. of Willow.
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