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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-23-2014, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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what type of driftwood is this?

HI guys just found this great peace of driftwood at my grandmas in gainesville Florida. She said she had found it in a river about 6years ago and ever since then it has sat outside her door. So i just wanted to see if anyone might know what type it is and how long it would last in my aquarium? =)Thanks
my best guess was laurel oak but im really not sure=(



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srry guys i said 6years but when i just talked to my grandma she said she found it around 35years ago at the minimum! I also found out that she thinks it was a red cypress or just a regular cypress because she would find the driftwood my the springs! Any idea on how long this peace would last in a planted aquarium?
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By now all the stuff that was going to rot, has. What is left might be pretty much indestructible.
Found in or near water might be Swamp Cypress. Very good in aquariums, the wood evolved to tolerate being submerged.
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No idea what it is, but if you want to make sure it's safe for fish, you could stick it in a Rubbermaid tub with some zebra danios and a seeded filter to see if they survive.

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that thought crossed my head also when i asked my g-ma today but after pressure washing all the fungus and mosses on it i found that is was very red which now makes me for sure believe it is a red cypress XD. I cant wait to see how this planted tank turns out!
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You might consider that piece a time sake. Food for thought. To keep something around for 35 years. Impressive lol


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haha yea for sure she has alot of them though but i think that it will be cool to see a tank with a peace of driftwood that my gma probably found when my mom was only about 10-15years old.
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This is a lovely looking wood,Would love to see this in a tank.
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That would look awesome in a Florida Native tank.
Thanks for a great idea!!!

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Kinda sorta looks like red Cedar to me, but if you live near a swamp then perhaps it is cypress.
Looks cool.
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roadmaster good thought! only thing that would make me say no to that is because it was found at a spring and if im thinking right, red cedar isn't really near rivers because of the high amount of water in the ground. Here are some more pics of it after i cleaned it off if this helps at all! I will be making a new thread here in the next week or so on what this peace is going to be going in, cant wait!!
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how many times do u guys think i will have to biol this peace before it is ok to use without having it release tannin's faster than i can do my water changes? I was thinking about 4 boils at 1hour each time and then letting it sit in a tub of hot water for 1full week
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Wow, I have driftwood envy. I usually have to buy anything that looks halfway interesting.
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That is a beautiful piece and an awesome story to go with it. I hope it works out for you.
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