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Is cedar driftwood ok to use

Besides the fact that you have to soak cedar driftwood and will have to deal with staied water,are there any down sides to using it.I'm finding more cedar pieces that are to my likings then the other types of wood and was wondering if I should get it
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I've used it for years, also see the behemoth, that's all cedar.
So has the Tampa Bay Aquarium.
Southern swamp cedar.


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The stuff that I'm seeing is on Ebay and its saying its from British Columbia
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I've heard that cedar wood has an oil in it that is toxic to fish, but I have no first hand experience with it.
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Do NOT use cedar from British Columbia. Western cedar is a different species than eastern, and it is toxic to fish.

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I'm not so sure it really is toxic, even if it is, activated carbon, weekly water changes will resolve any toxic issues any might have.

I use carbon to get rid of TANNINS, in between the routine water changes.
So most all wood, as long as it's not rotten/green, works fine.

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I thought that western cedar and pine contained phenols, which were toxic.
Again, a different species in the pacific northwest than the rest of the country. I suppose it would make a difference if you had driftwood sucking fish in your tank too. *shrugs*

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Don't use fresh cedar or pine of any kind. If you use cedar make sure it is well aged, weathered, looks like drift wood. I use drift wood cedar that I bought in FL from a place Tom pointed out. It has worked well so far, many years.

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