Does anyone have any definite information on the effects of cedar driftwood in a planted tank? How does it effect the flora/fauna, and is it possible to neutralize harmful effects?
Western cedar, used it and have had some for over two years, never an issue.I don't know the specific type, but it's root wood that I collected from my place in northern california.
I would like to know exactly what makes it so toxic though, and how those toxins effect the water and any flora/fauna.
BE-U-TE-FUL tank Tom!!!... but it looks a little cloudy. Is that just the picture? Just wondering....Western cedar, used it and have had some for over two years, never an issue.
Rule: old well soaked wood, really does not matter what type of wood, as long as it's old, well seasoned, not fresh etc, removed the rot/soft stuff etc.
If you have not collected any driftwood, why tell others about all the risk, without explaining the common sense behind it? Use only old long dead wood, well soaked, cut off the rot/soft stuff, brush/sand blast etc. Use AC if you have a lot of tannins(which is often good for most fish and reduces toxicity of metals etc).
As far anti fungal chemicals, Boron is one and we add that, so is Primafix, Melax etc, it does not imply that these are in anyway bad for fish.
The water also leaches these out a lot faster than damp air.
Activated carbon easily removes medications like those about, which are anti fungal plant based chemicals also from trees........., so do regular water changes.
Here's my toxic stew using western root cedar:
No issues, well soaked, still smells a little of cedar, old, I used carbon to get rid of the yellowing in the start, but have not since.
There's a lot of wood in there relative to tank size also.
the yellow tint is probably tannins leaching out of the wood. its not a problem per say but if it looks ugly use carbon to soak it up. it slows down and eventually stops in time.Awesome tank indeed. Im wondering also about the slight haze in the water. My tank has the same wood. And the water has a slightly yellowish tint to it.