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help buying manzanita

im looking at buying some manzanita branches online from bloomsandbranches but ive read on here before to get the sandblasted why cant you use the natural. i just think it looks better and more natural and its cheaper but i want to stay on the safe side
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I've asked the same thing myself. The bark will slowly rot off, which isn't good for your fish. You want to use wood with no bark on it (which is what sandblasted manzanita is).
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How is the bark rotting off bad for fish?


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It's not bad for fish but bad for the aesthetics of your tank. When the bark falls off, it can make a bit of a mess.

Beyond the site mentioned, OP, have you considered checking our For Sale section? There are a few members who sell excellent pieces of manzanita.


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Thanks that answers my question I will check here for some as well
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I may be wrong, but the bark rotting and decomposing in your aquarium will screw with your water parameters. Could be wrong though, as I've never messed around with putting bark in my aquarium.
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It could spike nitrates a bit but not much. It's paper-thin and breaks down more slowly than the typical Indian Almond Leaf. So not much to worry about.


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Perhaps I was mistaken. I think I read that it could cause water cloudiness (not necessarily alter parameters) but yeah, it's definitely not aesthetically pleasing to have rotten bark in your tank. I think that's why sandblasted is preferred.
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Also be aware that the stark white of the sandblasted wood will quickly darken in your tank. Most of the manzanita shown on aquarium-specific sites has been pre-soaked (and often photographed while wet) so it already has the characteristic darker tones.

I ordered a small bunch from the same company to have for my nano tanks--took about two weeks for them to turn from that ghostly white to a deep rich red/brown. The texture also smooths out a bit over time. Both processes can be assisted by giving the wood a light sanding before soaking.
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