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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-14-2004, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Hi I was wanting to add a piece of driftwood to my tank.I found a nice piece of osage orange.Ive been doing alot of research,I read where some woods are toxic.I cant find out if this type of wood will be toxic to my fish.does anyone know?thanks
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I would be leary of using it,
the fruit of the Osage Orange is used as an insect repellant.

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Most citrus should be avoided, AFAIK.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-15-2004, 07:30 AM
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Osage Orange, aka Hedgeapple tree. Used long ago as fence for livestock also used to make bows. Its one of the hardest woods there is. I've had a large stump in my 55gal for 2 months now, hasn't effected ph and my fish are healthy. I would say it is fine for your tank, but maybe someone knows better.
Squirrels love the seeds, so I don't know how toxic it is really. I've heard if you put the fruit of this tree (hedgeapples) around your house you wont have bugs but i think it is a old wives tale.
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hey thanks for the info,I still dont know if ill use the piece.theres alot of it here in kansas.Its what i burn in my wood stove ive never found anything harder.I know alot farmers who use it for fence post , the stuff will last for years and never rot.Maybe ill head to the lake this weekend (if all the snow melts)and see what else I can find.Once again thanks for the help.
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