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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-23-2006, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone used madrone for driftwood?

I'm curious! A couple years ago a Ponderosa Pine snag took out a madrone in the back yard (or close enough). So I stockpiled some madrone branches thinking I could get my spouse to make a "cat tree." Never happened. Now I'm thinking I could get some cool driftwood pieces out of it, but wanted to check around and see what kind of experience folks have had with it.

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Betowess--Thanks for posting that link. I often forget that I had never heard of madrone before I moved to the west coast.

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So no one has ever used madrone for driftwood?

Has anyone ever heard of negatives or positives associated with using madrone as driftwood?

Guess I'll have to soak a piece in a white bucket and see if I get any leaching.....

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It looks like giant Manzanita. I don't know if it grows where you live, but old dried out Manzanita works great and doesn't leach any tannins.

There are so many trees that chances are you won't find people that have used specific species on PT. I would guess that most will work if they don't have obvious signs like sap. Use old and completely dried out pieces.

This isn't the best pic but kind of shows Manzanita in my tank:

http://dub.bz/plantedtank/75/1/Left%20Side.jpg

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Madrone Oak is excellent.

It will leech red color, but this does not last that long, boiling will help.

I have several stumps I use, the smaller branches have low tannins.

I have pieces that are 20 years old now.
Live Oak, black oak, and valley oak, scrub oak all work well if dead and partially rotted to expose the heartwood which is extremely tough to decay.

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