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anyone using bamboo?

Pretty simple question here, is anyone using bamboo stalks in there tank for a tree trunk or similar? i like the look, bamboo is cheap and avalible for me. anything problem is i have read you need to coat it with something so it doesnt rot away? anyone know what i could use for this?

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I have some that I'm curing. From what I have read ( not tested)
remove the layer of skin inside the bamboo before varnishing.
Use a clear polyurethane and let cure.


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how long are you gonna cure it for?

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just to be safe I'm shooting for about 3 days.


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I used plant named lucky bamboo in my aquarium for 3 months. it grows but not so well and i removed it.
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Lucky bamboo is not bamboo. It is dracaena spp. A terrestrial plant. It will eventually rot and exude contaminants in your tanks water.

As for regular bamboo culms, you can cure it, but eventually it will also start to rot a bit. It IS a grass afterall, and water will eventually penetrate it.
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true that. but its so cheap it could be replaced easily. or maybe i should just go out to the creek right down the street and look in there. haha

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go to the creek Geoff.... lol
If I had a creek that wasn't the Hudson or East River, I would! lol
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but its cold and raining/snowing kinda sorta. maybe on friday after school. dont have to work then. plus there is a couple of downed trees there, should be cured by now.haha...

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Check out this tank

This is one of my all time favorites. Posted in the gallery section of aquabotanic.com

It is the "Oliver Knott - 4" tank

Great use of Bamboo

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I'll second that. I absolutly love that tank more then any other I've seen yet. There's something very tranquil about the whole thing, I just wish he had a picture of it slightly more grown in. It would have looked even better with the buddah covered in algae, and the hairgrass nice and thick.


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