I think most of it is Sweet gum and Oak. There's also some maple and elm to be had around here. I'll have to just get them pieces I want and see what they really are. As for others that have experiences with wood other than Manzanita, I'm new here so I'll have to dig in the archives for that info. And I don't know who's on here from NJ, that is trying this either. So, I'll be trying this a little blind.
As for a new tank, I have 55, 38, 20 and a 90, all except the 55 are empty. And the 90 still has some sand from when I had it set up as a reef. So, I can do that, but I have the kids working with me on this planted tank, so I think I'll just stay with the 55.
So, thanks for the inspiration, gonna try and get as much info and wood as I can to try out. I'll post the results so that others, like me, will know what to do.