Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Denver, CO (Tech Center)
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.
Former president of SCAPE, but now living in Colorado. I'm just getting back into the hobby after not doing much for the past 10 years - feel free to PM me if you're in the Front Range area.