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post #16 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-26-2008, 06:05 AM
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Travis well put...IME grapewood does not sink easily so I usually cheat and screw it to a piece of slate to hold it down. All of the grapewood I've used gets a white fungal growth after a few days submersed. It can be scrubbed off but will come back. After several weeks it will eventually go away and you will have a nice piece of wood that will darken over time. I can't speak to the rotting issue ....I can the wood will last years in fact I had a piece in my tank that was still in there when I sold it after 5 years.We also sold some very large pieces to the Tropicanna in Las Vegas that have been in the same tank last I checked for over 8 years.It does take a little work prepping the wood but well worth it.If you go to our website you will find suppliers under the links pages and if you have any questions please call Thank You Gary www.thegrapewoodconnection.com

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post #17 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-26-2008, 10:31 AM
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I also use grape wood in my tanks, When I buy a package I toss it in a bucket of used water and it can take up to a week to water log enough to stay put. I also have a short period of white fungal growth but it goes away on it's own quickly enough. There is some tea color in the water but that too will dissapate quickely. I have never had an issue with it rotting but my tanks are cooler than most. I think the rot is a function of tempature. I have never had an issue with it causing cloudiness. I even found the tea water to help with betta's whos fins are clamping. Good Luck.
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Any updates on this by chance? I'll be redoing my tanks in a couple months and I have a great piece of what I believe is grapewood that I would love to use, Aquasox did you have any luck with "waterproofing" it? I'd love to hear what method you used and how it has been working.

Or if anyone has any more insight into non-treated grapewood, i'd love to hear that too!

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The fuzzy white growth is the only drawback I can see, but it'll go away after a while. I took mine out twice and scrubbed it under hot water cause I didn't like the looks of that fur.

I didn't waterproof it....it sank in about an hour.

It's been in there about a year. The plecos love it, and it doesn't seem to be disintegrating or anything like that.
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The grapewood should be fine in your aquarium as long as it doesn't have any bark still on it. Just be prepared to have to wait a good long time for it to eventually sink.
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