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Hi , Im new to this forum, can you tell me if this companys products , wood driftwood, thats red or sand blasted is safe for the aquarium ? Is it heated to kill parasites or the like. What do you think of it instead of malasian driftwood. Thanks this is a great site.. Vinnie---
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I think that many people here have used that exact website to buy their driftwood. Only downsides are that it will not immediately sink and needs to be submerged for some time for it to become waterlogged. Also, as with most driftwood, you'll probably get some tannin leaching into your water making it tea colored. People generally have very good things to say about manzanita though.
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positive thread from a year ago;
Great Order from "Manzanita Burlworks"!!!!!
I may order a sample box of twiggy branches from them soon.
not thick enough to tie moss to, rather thin for fish to swim thru.
anyone wanna split an order with me?


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It's a great site I've heard. I plan to actually take a road trip our there to hand pick some wood I want...also saves on shipping. =P
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There are also positive responses from here.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/se...earchid=705075
I've order from them, and you get a lot of branches (gave some away) in their $30 sampler.
Their website didn't show it at the time, but when you call, he knows exectly what we need for the aquarium.

Just tell him if you want branchy or thicker burls, and ask for uncut ends it looks more natural.

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I've actually been out to the site in person (out in the middle of the desert) to pick up wood for my tank. Rich, the owner, is a great guy and will do his best to find you exactly what you need. Just be descriptive of your wants and include a picture if possible.

To answer the original question, yes the wood is safe. It's not actually driftwood, as the pieces are collected in the desert. The wood is pretty dry, very hard, and mostly inert. The only treatment done with them is sandblasting to remove the bark. My pieces did release some tannins for a week or two when first submersed, but that was expected and I had them soaking in a tub for that purpose. Also, they all floated at first, but the smaller pieces sank within a few days - my centerpiece however is still a bit floaty after a month of soaking.

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Welcome to the forum Vinnie! I think manzanita wood would look great covered in java ferns


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I've tried emailing Rich on two separate occasions with a request for a centerpiece for my tank, but got no response.

I guess I'll have to try calling him.


EDIT: heard back from Rich today

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Thanks guys for your great responces for me. Ill consider them when I buy driftwood. Jen do you know anyone selling Java fern plants ? LOL....
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I've tried emailing Rich on two separate occasions with a request for a centerpiece for my tank, but got no response.

I guess I'll have to try calling him.
Hey... he must be reading these forums, because I just got a response from him today.

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I too tried emailing rich... with little success....But give him a call. He looked up my email and I ordered it over the phone with him. Super freindly and helpful. Give him a call.... it seems like the way to get hold of him.

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Yeah, I got Rich first time I called and he found just the right centerpiece, pretty much what I asked for, something substantial. I also highly recommend this company. His prices are certainly fair. I spent as much on shipping as I did the wood - slightly less than $50 shipping included and he threw in another long, elegant piece gratis. You can see my piece in my sig pic.

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