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Driftwood Problem

So I was being kind of stupid and bought driftwood off the Internet and it was not really as great as I was expecting. So I was wondering how I could maybe make it look a little better.
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I would suggest attaching Java Fern / Anubias Nana / or a moss to the driftwood if you aren't super happy with it. The plant(s) will make it immediately more appealing and perhaps you can place it creatively.
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I would suggest attaching Java Fern / Anubias Nana / or a moss to the driftwood if you aren't super happy with it. The plant(s) will make it immediately more appealing and perhaps you can place it creatively.
+1 on adding those plants. Especially anubias or moss.
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Toss it out and get a new piece!

Where are you located? Chances are you can source wood locally, for free. The idea of buying wood for a tank blows my mind! Its like buying water imo.
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If it's manzanita type, or twiggy looking, you can put a few pieces together and use a plastic zip tie to hold them all together, and bury the zip tie.

Can you post a pic?
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Depends on what the issue is. A few solutions that I've used for different circumstances:

Branches can be trimmed if they don't fit well--sometimes simply trimming one section to allow you to place it in a different orientation helps. Or you can cut it apart and remount the branches on a piece of slate or zip tie them together (hidden by the substrate) and plant heavily around the base to create a more interesting form.

As already suggested, adding plants strategically can help hide bare spots--especially on branches with long straight areas.

If it's the color of the branches that's a problem, be aware that manzanita branches will darken dramatically over time--mine were a ghostly silvery gray on arrival, but within two months were a deep rich brown.

If you got something like malaysian drift wood and it showed up in a big block of blah, you can take take power (or hand) tools to it and shape it. My first piece of malaysian drift wood was a featureless triangular lump--but when I took an axe to it and ripped it in two a strongly curved grain line was revealed and I ended up with two really lovely pieces. Sometimes just cutting one end flat to allow it to sit differently reveals a better form--I've done that a number of times with less than stellar mopani, along with drilling out knot holes, carving deeper into the wood to create stronger curves and cutting grooves to accentuate the grain and give it a bit more character.

Or put it aside to be traded, sold or used in a different tank and order more (this time preferably from a source that shows you pictures). Most folks I know who have wood of any sort in their tanks have a stash somewhere of bits and bobs that didn't work this time, but might on their next set up.

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If it has flat cuts (or you end up making your own) that bother you, you can burn them with a torch and then scrub off the char.

this will give it a much more natural weathered appearance, and help mask the intentional cutting.
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