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Types of Driftwood?

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by angelfishie, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. angelfishie

    angelfishie Junior Poster

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    What types of wood are acceptable to use as driftwood in a planted tank?

    Thanks!
     
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    Most types of old dead downed wood.
    No rot, soft spots, dense the better, soak it well etc.

    I've collected driftwood in the wild for 20+ years, using woods from CA, FL, TX, NV etc of all types.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
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    Thank you! I have noticed that some of the store-bought driftwood doesn't want to sink......even after boiling. Making soaking is better than boiling?
     
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    i had found this piece of wood in a nature park very close to where i live n liked this piece so much that i got it home n decided make a driftwood out of it...this piece of would was actually hacked by some tribals living in the naturepark for firewood i'm guessing because one of its end is charred black (mebbe it just wasnt put into fire, just very close to it)...Neways i got this piece about two n half months back n soaked it in hot water taken from my shower geyser. I tried to get water as hot as possible because i didnt really have a large enough pan for the wood nor permission of my mom to boil it n waste her fuel!
    So finally just last week it started sinking and now i'm treating it with salt to kill all the fungii/bacteria dat might have made colonies in the wood.

    My observations on the wood:
    1. The colour of the wood gets darker with time...i used to scrub the wood with a footsole scrubber...helped me quite a bit to lighten the colour...
    2. If the wood isnt dried up completely, it might stink a lil, atleast my did n ppl suggested its not completely dry, but i noticed with regular water changes the stink usually dissappears..

    Regards
    Mohit
     
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    i had found this piece of wood in a nature park very close to where i live n liked this piece so much that i got it home n decided make a driftwood out of it...this piece of would was actually hacked by some tribals living in the naturepark for firewood i'm guessing because one of its end is charred black (mebbe it just wasnt put into fire, just very close to it)...Neways i got this piece about two n half months back n soaked it in hot water taken from my shower geyser. I tried to get water as hot as possible because i didnt really have a large enough pan for the wood nor permission of my mom to boil it n waste her fuel!
    So finally just last week it started sinking and now i'm treating it with salt to kill all the fungii/bacteria dat might have made colonies in the wood.

    My observations on the wood:
    1. The colour of the wood gets darker with time...i used to scrub the wood with a footsole scrubber...helped me quite a bit to lighten the colour...
    2. If the wood isnt dried up completely, it might stink a lil, atleast my did n ppl suggested its not completely dry, but i noticed with regular water changes the stink usually dissappears..

    Regards
    Mohit
     
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    This is good to know from somene like you that has experience .... I will try it sometime in the future. Purchase driftwood is ridiculously expsensive & overpriced...

    Tnx
     
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