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Choya Wood: Aquarium safe?

I have a couple of huge pieces of choya wood (naturally sandblasted desert cactus skeleton) that i collected from Baja California.

They had spiders and bugs living in the holes, but a couple of dousings with boiling water took care og that.

They have been soaking for 2 days, leaching a lot of color.

Do you know if this wood is safe for aquariums? All references I have found are for use in terrariums with hermit crabs and reptiles, and a single mention in the Krib about someone useing it for Pteropus, but no follow up.

Does anyone here have experiuence with it?

Thanks a lot!
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No experience with it, but I'd think that it isn't nearly dense enough and would easily float and rot.


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No experience with it, but I'd think that it isn't nearly dense enough and would easily float and rot.
Thanks for the Super Fast reply!

I am not really worried about buoyancy, the choya lends itslef to be stuffed with stones or pieces of steel.

I am mostly worried about it leeching something toxic to fish, plants or invertebrates.

I think it could easily rot, some spots are really soft, but close to the roots it is a lot denser, and forms interesting structures.
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Cholla "choya" is safe for aquarium use. I have it in all my tanks. Pleco love the stuff and so do my shrimps. I also found that java grow good on/in it,along with other plants. Hope this helped ya out.
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Choya wood is awesome in fish tanks, and really good with shrimp tanks. It takes a few hours to a day for it to sink.
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I soaked mine before I put it in my tank and it doesn't float and so far no rotting. My kuhli's love the holes.
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I have some in my tank. I boiled it first. When i first put it in the pot it begang to float, but after i took it out and ran it under cold water it sank rite away.


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