- Jan 23, 2005
I have not soaked these yet, these turn a nice brown color and all sink well after a few days.
I'm going to sell a fair amount of this wood through the BarrReport only.
I'll post some more as I go through and lay the various pieces out etc.
Note, this is only a 1/4 cord worth of wood, so the permit is for 3 cords, or 12 batches like this one.
I've trimmed off the bottoms of some to give a nice base to some of the more interesting pieces.
I found 3-4 that are really nice for shallow longer tanks/scapes.
1 epic piece, not sure if I can part with, 4-5 real nice pieces along the lines what Gerry got, and then some.
I found 3 new sites according the the rangers I spoke with today, they clued me in to the best sites for old dead manzy wood on the south rocky dry sides of the mountains.
So there's bound to be a few more trips before the snow seals things off for the fall/winter.
Boxing the wood is tough. So what I try to do is to fit one nice dramatic piece in the box, might need to snip a piece here or there to fit it, then pack the rest with more smaller pieces that can fit and be wedged in the box. Sometimes I can pack a few nicer pieces together, sometimes not without getting crazy on ship cost. So it's better for both if I pack a box with smaller pieces. I'll detail some tricks to deal with the wood, and place it easier also using slate bottom and a ceramic drill drill, pre drill the wood as well. This will help keep the wood in position when you set up the tank.
So this allows the aquarist to play around with many different arrangements.
What helps is a specific goal in mind from you, the tank size, and general ideas/layout plans you have.
Pics of other wood you like etc also helps.
Often I can find some fairly specific for folks with good sized tanks.
I look for smaller bonsai looking trees, not long branchy things.
I also look for nice flat front to back pieces so I can ship them easier, they also take up less room in the aquarium layout as well.
Since I do a fair amount of scaping and wood in my tanks, I know what to look for aesthetically.