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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-25-2013, 01:12 AM Thread Starter
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Driftwood Identification?



Hey does anyone know what type of wood this is? I picked it up at a LFS and it looked pretty awesome but it is really leeching out tannins like crazy.

Currently soaking it in a tub with hot water but honestly I've never seen malaysian or mopani driftwood leech so much tannin so I am suspect it is some other type of wood.
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Looks like Mopani.

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Kinda fuzzy but looks like malaysian to me.

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Could be Grape vine, Vitus. Looks a bit like it.
If it is hard to sink and lighter color, a blonde color etc, with some dark patches, likely is grape wood.




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Looks sorta like grape vine to me also (easier to tell when its not wet )
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mopani! Raw harvest mopani will leech tannin into next year :P it took me about a week of boiling to get it out of my piece! Grape vine gets more spindly at large sizes. and maylay is course and looks like dinosaur bones to me :P
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Thanks guys, I don't believe it's grape wood. There was a whole area with nothing but grape wood at that store and this piece looked a lot different when dry.

It does sink, so I am guessing it's mopani. If it is grape wood would it not be aquarium safe? The color dry was fairly light, but still brown, not bone colored like grape wood tends to be.

It felt a lot heavier than grape wood too, it sinks and does not float at all. I will try to post a better picture of it when I am home, the camera on my phone is quite bad. I could also dry it out if that would help idenfity

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Here is a way better picture.

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No idea what it is, but it's gorgeous! I'm jealous...

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No idea what it is, but it's gorgeous! I'm jealous...
I fell in love when I saw it, I was shifting through driftwood at a LFS and it caught my eye really quickly.

I bought it immediately, I think it is mopani wood, and a damn fine piece at that.
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How much did you pay for it, it looks great!

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Being a very large piece of what I assumed to be mopani, a very attractive piece and being only $30 is really why I was wondering if it wasn't mopani.

It sinks, it looks nice, pretty sure it's mopani, and it cost next to nothing, so yeah -- pretty sweet.
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