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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by LouLou, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. LouLou

    LouLou New Member

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    I'm going to give this a try. I've never done a forum. I'm new at the new fish keeping science. Hope to learn and have some questions answered here. Is question I have is Tree Root, old and dry. I boiled it and soaking it. It sinks already... I think it's cedar and I'm worried about using it in 36 gal. Freshwater. Is there anyone that has used cedar root?
     
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    Welcome! hope you enjoy the forum and I hope your first time experience here is the best experience you will have.
    I just started selling cedar roots, its a uncommonly used material for aquascaping in tanks because its softwood which means itll decompose quicker than other woods. So its used for temporary scapes like @Tom Barr's huge S. Repens carpet scape (sorry I forgot the name of it, if there was one) with the blyxa and stuff.
    All in all it is safe, just make sure its dry, prepared, etc. you sound like you already did that, since its softwood it'll decompose in less than 5 years I believe. So like I said its used for temp scapes that are usually up for maybe a year or two. If this applies to you, then your fine.
     
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    Hi! Got a photo of it? What sort of cedar (there are a lot of trees called 'cedar')? It would help to know where you live. I've seen lots of warning's about cedar because they tend to leach toxic terpenes. Anecdotally, I rarely find any amphibians using Eastern White Cedar wood for cover unless the logs are very old (laying around for 30+ years). There's a lot of really nice E. White Cedar wood around me but although tempted, I have avoided it. Other cedars? @Tom Barr uses very well seasoned Western Cedar in his tanks.
     
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    DutchMuch Junior Poster

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    This is a common event, and I agree it is risky you must know your wood!
    Around me and what I sell its, red cedar, and some other types around here I'm trying to ID still :p.
     
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    Hi. I First need to figure out how to use a forum. Never been on one before and have no idea how to do anything. I posted!!! By mistake and don't even know how I did it. Sorry. I do have pictures of the old cedar root.but I have no clue how to post one. ( or if I can) Says this .... "You need to make 2 posts before you can post links into posts, why not start by introducing yourself!"
     
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    This is more than likely Red cedar as it's the most common in this County in West Virginia.
     
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    You live in WV????
    I used to live there on a farm!!!!
    :D glad to see a good ol' WV person!

    if you don't mind me asking, what part of WV do you live in? I lived in Huntington WV (glenwood to be specific) but someone burnt out log cabin down so we moved here where we are now in Arkansas.
     
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    Hampshire County West Virginia
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    I live in Eastern Panhandle
     
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    never heard of that place... Is it in the city or more rural? I was in the rural parts of wv.
     
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    If you gave that cedar a good wash, put it in a tub and pour some boiling water in it, you know, normal precautions. then I'd guess or say you would be fine putting that in a tank.
     
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    Hamshire County West Virginia, Most likely Red Cedar that's the most common here.

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    I'm close to Cumberland Md, Close to Morgantown Wv ( hour away)
     
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    Ah I know Morgantown, rings a bell, near Pennsylvania
     
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    Red Cedar is most common here. This pic was before it was washed or boiled or soaked ( I've done all 3) :)
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    Yes it's near Pa. I know where Huntington is. Trying to think of lacations here you may know. Romney, WV is close. Winchester Va is hour away.
     
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    WVU is in Morgantown. Foot ball team is well known.
     
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    Yea I know that location and area somewhat, haven't been there but, if you live in WV and your a serious citizen, then you know the locations of the state for the most part lol.
     
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    Hampshire County, West Virginia... Red Cedar I'd say. Most all we have here.
     
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    Did you see the photo of the root?
     
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