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#1 MsGardeness

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 06:21 PM

How does long does a 'piece of wood' have to be outside in the elements before it is considered "driftwood"?
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77g: Marble LV Angels, JD, Geo Altifrons, RF Shark, Diamond Tets, LF ABN, SF ABN, L128, L177, L333, L411
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55g: African Cichlids, Clown Loaches, ABN, L91, L134
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Posted 20 September 2010 - 07:05 PM

IMO, the term 'driftwood' assumes a wood piece has been in water for enough time for it to show the wear associated with water degredation. it has no remaining bark, and perhaps most important to our hobby, has become supersaturated with water to the point of loosing bouyancy. a floating piece of driftwood will require many, many years to finally sink.
wood that has already degraded to sinking, aka sunken wood, has attracted anearobic lifeforms, bacteria, microbes, et alia, that die off when introduced to our hobby's warm, tropical water conditions. this type of wood is best treated with a heat/salt soak, prior to introduction to aquariums, in an effort to reduce any negative impact.

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 09:13 PM

I believe you can use any dried wood as "driftwood". The criteria is the lack of sap. It's just that some species sink easier than others.

#4 MsGardeness

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 10:56 PM

Thanks! Am I correct in presuming that I cannot get a piece of driftwood from the oceanside (knowing it's been in a saltwater ocean) and bring it home, powerwash it and put it in an aquarium?
135g: African cichlids, Featherfin Cat, Clown Loaches, L37, SF ABN & calico plecos
77g: Marble LV Angels, JD, Geo Altifrons, RF Shark, Diamond Tets, LF ABN, SF ABN, L128, L177, L333, L411
75g: Marble & Smokey LV Angel, JD, Parrots, Blackskirt Tets, L46, L114, L200, L240, Clown Loaches
55g: African Cichlids, Clown Loaches, ABN, L91, L134
40g: Black LV Angels, Zebra Danios, Red Phantom Tets, SF ABN, L104, L134, L183
20g: Red cherry shrimp, Endler hybrids, MTS
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Posted 20 September 2010 - 11:03 PM

I think you'd have to soak it for some time to get the salt to leach out.

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 11:04 PM

Awww but there's so much beautiful driftwood by the ocean (as I'm sure you know)!!
135g: African cichlids, Featherfin Cat, Clown Loaches, L37, SF ABN & calico plecos
77g: Marble LV Angels, JD, Geo Altifrons, RF Shark, Diamond Tets, LF ABN, SF ABN, L128, L177, L333, L411
75g: Marble & Smokey LV Angel, JD, Parrots, Blackskirt Tets, L46, L114, L200, L240, Clown Loaches
55g: African Cichlids, Clown Loaches, ABN, L91, L134
40g: Black LV Angels, Zebra Danios, Red Phantom Tets, SF ABN, L104, L134, L183
20g: Red cherry shrimp, Endler hybrids, MTS
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Posted 20 September 2010 - 11:12 PM

We got plenty of rivers and lakes around here too. If you have lots of ocean wood, you just need a bigger tub to soak them in. I'm soaking a bunch of Manzanita now to get them ready for my new tank. :D

#8 MsGardeness

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 11:26 PM

How long would you soak ocean wood for? Oooh never thought of using Manzanita for the tanks? Isn't it too expensive? Or is it a local wood for you?
135g: African cichlids, Featherfin Cat, Clown Loaches, L37, SF ABN & calico plecos
77g: Marble LV Angels, JD, Geo Altifrons, RF Shark, Diamond Tets, LF ABN, SF ABN, L128, L177, L333, L411
75g: Marble & Smokey LV Angel, JD, Parrots, Blackskirt Tets, L46, L114, L200, L240, Clown Loaches
55g: African Cichlids, Clown Loaches, ABN, L91, L134
40g: Black LV Angels, Zebra Danios, Red Phantom Tets, SF ABN, L104, L134, L183
20g: Red cherry shrimp, Endler hybrids, MTS
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Posted 20 September 2010 - 11:32 PM

There's a local supplier. It's not cheap, but I like the look. Here's some pieces I got recently:

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The one in the middles is > 24 inches long and about 12 inches high.

#10 MsGardeness

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 11:43 PM

OMG! Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard... Those are amazing!

I can get little 6" twigs for my finch bird cages for about $6 here. :(
135g: African cichlids, Featherfin Cat, Clown Loaches, L37, SF ABN & calico plecos
77g: Marble LV Angels, JD, Geo Altifrons, RF Shark, Diamond Tets, LF ABN, SF ABN, L128, L177, L333, L411
75g: Marble & Smokey LV Angel, JD, Parrots, Blackskirt Tets, L46, L114, L200, L240, Clown Loaches
55g: African Cichlids, Clown Loaches, ABN, L91, L134
40g: Black LV Angels, Zebra Danios, Red Phantom Tets, SF ABN, L104, L134, L183
20g: Red cherry shrimp, Endler hybrids, MTS
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Posted 20 September 2010 - 11:47 PM

Maybe you should look at mail order? http://www.manzanita.com/aqwood.htm

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 12:26 AM

Yep - I've seen that site before. I'm afraid the shipping to Ontario would bankrupt me for a decent piece of Manzanita wood. :{ I'll have to scour the local wetlands.
135g: African cichlids, Featherfin Cat, Clown Loaches, L37, SF ABN & calico plecos
77g: Marble LV Angels, JD, Geo Altifrons, RF Shark, Diamond Tets, LF ABN, SF ABN, L128, L177, L333, L411
75g: Marble & Smokey LV Angel, JD, Parrots, Blackskirt Tets, L46, L114, L200, L240, Clown Loaches
55g: African Cichlids, Clown Loaches, ABN, L91, L134
40g: Black LV Angels, Zebra Danios, Red Phantom Tets, SF ABN, L104, L134, L183
20g: Red cherry shrimp, Endler hybrids, MTS
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:39 PM

If you need to soak wood for a while use the Toilet Tank not the Bowl, its clean water even though people might say different and the water is clanged a few times a day. With the lack of light it won't grow anything, and no cost in circulating pumps.




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