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

  1. DutchMuch

    DutchMuch Junior Poster

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    Yep I saw it, looks like a huge trunk to me, that's a big A root.
     
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    It's not very large only 14 inches long. About 4 inches or so wide.
     
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    Eastern Redcedar Juniperus virginiana I guess, which is actually a juniper (so not very closely related to Western Red Cedar which is a Thuja). I agree with Dutch in that your piece is probably OK as far as I know.
     
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    Welcome LouLou!
     
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    Yeah I think I remember it being called Juniper. Did you see the photo? It's 14 inches long. I've had it for more than 10 years and probably longer. It was inside for a long time, then out on Rock wall in the sun for 3 years or so. Think it would be safe? Should I let it soak and test water? If so what would I test for? BTW Thanks
     
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    Thank ya... Hope to learn somethings...
     
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    All I can find is that Juniper is toxic to fish, (J.virginiana) Needles, stems, berries. So it's advised not to plant near ponds. Haven't found any other info.
    The root I have is 25 years old... Figured it by my daughters age. She's 20 and I had it before she was born.
    I'm not sure I'll use it, fear of hurting the fish. I'll find something safer. Like oak stump or ? any suggestions on what species of tree root to look for? Thanks again. LouLou :)
     
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    I'd say you can use it.
    Especially at that age.
    When junipers and cedars, pines, etc are alive, they claim they're toxic because they are a territorial plant and kill anything on it or around it. That's why when you see a cedar or something, there will be more than one nearby. Its very aggressive.
    When dead, 30 years + usually is the recommended...
    You can use it, because it stops leaching the ingredient in it that kills everything.
    I have seen cedars and cypresses around ponds commonly, although its hard to get the needles out and all that, its not "dangerous" it only is in large amounts (in ponds)
     
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    It's not cedar or Juniper, We drilled a hole in it. It's some type pine. Would 25 year old pine root be safe??
     
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    Drilled hole in it. It's pine root. 25 years old+ Older than my daughter and she's 21. so.. ? Old Pine root safe huh?
     
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    Sorry another Question... I have Sycamore Tree branch (dead) Can I bake it in the oven and then soak it? Too long to boil. How long should I bake it and what temp?(Hope I didn't send this message 2 x's. I'm just learning this forum thing)
     
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    @LouLou np.
    I have never oven baked hardscape before... So I cannot say. Idk anyone on here with that experience either, maybe someone will come around to answer that for ya.
    Sycamore is fine in a aquarium btw. Ive personally used it first hand. The leaves are good to for shrimp.
     
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    How do you clean it before putting in tank? Just soak it? Boil half and then other half? Sorry about all the questions. Thanks for replys.
     
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    I promote your questions! :D

    To prepare wood, I personally, boil it (however you can, this kills any bacteria on/in the wood or living things), dry it in the sun, then put it in a tub of water to leech out tannins, Then you can try to sink it in your tank.
    If its to big to boil, put it in a big plastic tub and continue to pour boiling water on it.
    Or in your bathtub with MAX hot water.
     
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