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I’ve been looking into this, and I’m not sure if there is any sort of test to determine what species of wood you can use. I would like to go into a forest and fine an large piece for my 6’ tank.

are there any major donts?

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Don't do softwoods like
Poplar, birch, etc.
Don't do pines/evergreen.

Do hardwoods.
Ironwood would be good and it gets interesting gnarly branches. Somewhat like spiderwood.
Oak will have lots of tannins.
 

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Where are you in the US, Krunk?

Lots of good hardwoods out there. Here on the Front Range, there are a lot of small, gnarled Gambel Oak trees. A couple of dead snags on one of my local bike ride routes would be perfect for my upcoming 6025 project.
 

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I’m in Atl, GA area. Oak is good, just has a lot of tannins. Okay I was assuming hardwood would be good. I’ll do some searching for what species are in my area
Anything is fine so long as it's dry (for wild, this means cut or dead for a year for every inch thick in radius) AND so long as the wood itself isn't toxic. There are not many toxic wood species though. To find out if it's toxic just Google the species. Around me (Maryland) the only one I know of is Mountain Laurel.
 
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