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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-12-2004, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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Hi... Yep, I'm a newbie, and I'll probably keep you all busy with questions I can't find elsewhere, so bear with me.

In a previous message I asked about sources of driftwood. Assume I find the perfect "shaped" piece, but find it isn't quite the "color" I'd like it to be. Is there any aquarium-safe method for staining the piece to the color I'd like to have?

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Anything you put on the wood will eventually leech out and into your water. I would not trust any chemicals like that in your tank.

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Fletch, you can actually see the exact driftwood you gonna get from Floridadriftwood. I always get the dark color wood from aquariumdriftwood which I really like.

Some wood gets darker as it's aged.
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Look for some mesquite... its dense, has a nice texture/color, and usually comes in interesting shapes. Theres a guy on ebay that sells some nice pieces for the aquarium...pre-cut, sand-blasted, etc. I got a few pieces from him and wasn't disappointed.

I haven't had any trouble with this wood as of yet.

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I have been thinking about Fletch's wish to stain driftwood.

The only idea I could come up with would be to possible brew up some really strong tea and try using that to stain the wood. :? The tea would certainly be a safe form of dye.

Any thoughts on this???


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the tea stain would eventually leak back out into the aquarium though. That's the only drawback I can see.


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