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Here are all the types of driftwood I have heard of and their characteristics:

Mopani/African driftwood - often has a two-tone color, more solid than Malaysian, rounded/knarled appearance, usually sinks without needing to be soaked

Savanna driftwood - shaped like ginger root, doesn't sink easily

Malaysian/Mangrove driftwood - tends to be blocky with sharp angles and narrow branches, often has ridges, usually sinks without needing to be soaked

Manzanita wood - tends to be branchy, sometimes twisty, can have a delicate look (good for nano tanks), may need to be soaked for a while before sinking

Grapewood - twisted branches with lots of knobs, tends to have a consistent diameter, may rot sooner than other types of wood, tends to resist sinking

Spider wood - overlapping branches of various sizes giving a tangled look, will need to be soaked

Cholla wood - hollow logs with diamond shaped holes in a honeycomb pattern, comes from a cactus, plecos and shrimp eat it quickly because of its softness, floats for a few days before sinking

Southern Swamp Cedar - blocky, needs to be soaked before sinking

Cypress wood - blocky, needs to be soaked before sinking

Redwood - round twisted look, needs to be soaked before sinking

Found woods - pieces of wood found in local forests or hiking trails, not all species are safe, hardwoods (oak, ash, hickory, maple, elm, etc.) are usually okay

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Please correct/add info as you see fit.
 

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this is nice thanks for posting, my question is about spider wood. it seems that its a big craze right now but is it just extra burly manzanita wood priced really high?? or is it a totally different tree?
 

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Nice write-up! While we're on the topic of driftwood, is it possible for anyone to identify what type mine is? I found mine on the banks of the Suwannee River, it was originally in the shape of a giant arch, about 25" tall, but was cut into 3 pieces. Ignore the overall scape, it was previously a non-planted tank which has been slowly transitioning. A tank breakdown is in its future.

First piece: http://i.imgur.com/HuYvpXF.jpg
Second piece: http://i.imgur.com/3o2ubyi.jpg
Both: http://i.imgur.com/kbX3IaE.jpg
 
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