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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-21-2009, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Manzanita driftwood breaking down

Do you guys experience the same thing?
I've had this manzanita driftwood in my tank for about a year or so, and I notice it is actually slowly breaking down. I.e. when I a rub something on the wood, the surface will easily break into many tiny pieces, and the wood feels "soft" to a certain degree.

I also notice, the filer is constantly filled with brown particle which I can only assume to be the broken down pieces from the driftwood. (I don't get it in other tanks without the driftwood.)

Is this normal?

Photo of tank: also note all the ugly snail egg..
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-21-2009, 03:08 PM
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Are you sure this is Manzanita?

In any case, wood breaks down after a while, so it's possible that it starts disintegrating and parts of it end up in your filter. Perhaps time to find some new and exciting wood.


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yea pretty sure it is mazanita, i brought it on this forum from Badcopnofishtank quite a while ago..

New wood again? haha...I was bashed last time for paying $50+ for wood...
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Ah okay, I guess it looks a bit different under water. I am more familiar with "branchier" Manzanita.

Would be good to hear from other Manzy users on how they hold up after a period submerged.


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Looks more like mopani to me, but I'm NOT what you call an expert

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Some manzy will break off the outter softer parts.
Depends on species and age.

Has a lot more character.

The inner core wood should last a long time.
I prefer this wood vs the new wood which has not been aged, looks like parrot wood or flower displays, not old aged wood.

All wood, regardless of type, rots slowly in water that's aerobic.

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here are some of the photos when they were new..

The wood seems to have lost some of its original texture now.
The color is getting more reddish, and the finish/texture is becoming smoother


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Ok, that does not look like Mopani my bad...

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In that picture ^^^^ is that wood wet?
Interesting stuff happening with your manzies... never experienced any disintegration but I've only had them in the tank for a few months. Anyway I have a ton of this junk in my driveway... you want some for $50?
Naw... just cover shipping and box. I'll hook u up real good.
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Yes, it does break down. They have to be replaced from time to time.

Logically, the thinner the piece the faster it will break down. All wood will break down in water given enough time. My pieces from the same seller has met with the same outcome.

Though I have yet to have Morpani do this. The pieces of Morpani I have are very thick and dense.


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