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Dead Bonsai Trees

So I had two bonsai trees die a while back. I cleaned them off and put them in water for a week and a half. I am about to start up a new aquarium today, and wanted to know if I could put them in the water, or if they would leak toxins or rot? Also, there will not be fish in there for at least a month.

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depends on whether the type of tree has natural toxins.
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Look up the tree..


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If I remember correctly most Bonsai trees are evergreens like Juniper and such, I don't think they would be a good idea.

Wouldn't you like to beside the seaside?
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I'd strongly advise against the use of evergreens in the aquarium, the sap they contain can be harmful to fish, inverts, and beneficial bacteria. Also most are softwoods which deteriorate quickly in an aquarium and just make a mess and spike ammonia.
The exception to this is the harder wooded red cider.. when PROPERLY AGED it can be aquarium safe, and I mean decades dead and dried out so there is no smell left. I have a piece pulled from under the waters of a man made lake, the area had been flooded for over 60 years before the wood was taken out. The downside to this wood though is it never looses buoyancy.. nearly 3 years submerged in a tank and if I unscrewed it from the river rock its attached to it would still shoot to the surface.

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in reference to what wannaberooted said, bonsai can literally be almost any plant, tree, or shrub, so to say most are evergreens is not correct.


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I have been seeing alot of tank on youtube that are using the dead bonsai trees. But still, it would depend on the type of tree. here is one
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM8A-LvbYBM
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in reference to what wannaberooted said, bonsai can literally be almost any plant, tree, or shrub, so to say most are evergreens is not correct.
You are right, they can be anything. Most was an overstatement. I haven't done any reading on Bonsai in over 10 years, but it seems a good portion of commercial Bonsai trees are still evergreen, like Juniper. I just don't want the author to run into any problems.

You were right again, try to identify the tree if possible.

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