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aqarium safe twiggy wood.........the update
Old 06-15-2008, 02:04 AM   #1
 
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aqarium safe twiggy wood.........the update

ok a few people may remember a while back that i asked about a type of twiggy wood to use in an aqarium,getting no real answer i decided to stage a little experiment by imersing a likely cadidate(silver birch) in a 20g tank for a period of time along with a few plants and some snails

twigs:the twigs themselves have changed the thin bark that covers them has all come away or is in the process of doing so leaving the wood of the twig itself which is firm and showing no sign of disintergration the bark dropping off has made a mess

water: the water has taken on a slight tint of tannins there has been little impact on ph other tests came up with very little of anything and would have been down to this being an un-cycled,unfiltered tank filled with old tank water

life: the ricca snuffed it in the first days but this was most likely down to the erratic temp shifts as the tank is in the greenhouse the trumpet snails are alive and well and have been joined by thosands of midge/gnat/culex larva which are now being used as food(waste not)

overall it seems pretty safe its probably best to soak the matirial before use so it sheds its bark somewere else but the fishtank i used twigs and branches from the silver birch Betula pendula that were long dead but dry and had no oportunity to rot

ive sort of proved that this will work if anyone else wants to try a slightly less half-assed experiment please do
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Old 06-15-2008, 02:39 AM   #2
 
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I've been doing something of a similar experiment. I took a really twiggy piece of oak (the thickest part being barely thicker than a pencil) and wrapped a piece of aquarium plant weight around the end of it and stuck it in my sand like a tree. The twigs come to the surface of the water and I have my hornwort all bunched up in the branches up near the surface so it looks a bit like an underwater tree. Kind of a cool effect, but once I get some more live plants I think I'm going to get rid of it.

I also have another piece of oak, about two inches thick at the thickest with some cool knotting and branching, soaking in a tub with a rock on it. The piece was dead but hanging in a tree off the ground, so it's really dry and therefore really lightweight. It might take a while before it's waterlogged. I plan on using the piece to lay across the rockwork running along the back of the tank to hold down the java moss I have covering the top of the rocks. The moss tends to float away over time in the current, so I'm hoping the stick will keep it in place. I'll post another update once the piece is waterlogged and in my aquarium.
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Old 06-15-2008, 09:17 AM   #3
 
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If you have any pictures of that underwater "tree" I'd love to see them.
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:38 AM   #4
 
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Hmm...finally someone has asked for pictures of something in one of my tanks...maybe this is motivation to track down a digital camera somewhere in the house and see if I can find the cables. I've got a busy schedule today so it'll have to wait until tonight at least.
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Old 06-15-2008, 06:28 PM   #5
 
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You're motivated to get pics only if someone asks you?
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:20 PM   #6
 
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Let's just say I'm not exactly the world's best photographer. I have a higher percentage of shots with my finger in them than...well, anyone who has ever lived. Found the camera! But no luck on the cables. I'll keep looking...
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:24 PM   #7
 
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Aww, you should try to take more pictures! I always look back at photos from a few months ago and am SHOCKED by how much my fish have grown. It's always nice to document how your fish/tanks have grown.
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Old 06-15-2008, 11:20 PM   #8
 
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If its a digital you can just spray and pray, without having to wait on the film or pay for it you can try anything to get a good picture.

As for pics, heck I started a blog for my tank.... when it finally shows up.
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Old 06-16-2008, 01:33 AM   #9
 
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Aww, you should try to take more pictures! I always look back at photos from a few months ago and am SHOCKED by how much my fish have grown. It's always nice to document how your fish/tanks have grown.
Honestly, I'm afraid of empty nest syndrome. My kribs are the first fish I've ever bred, and it's been really cool to see the fry go from tiny wiggling little dots in the substrate to miniature kribs. I definitely don't have room for 30 or so kribs, so once the fry hit half an inch...it's off to the LFS. I'd hate to look back on old photos just to see pictures of the kids I put up for adoption!

I couldn't find the stupid camera cable. I'll pick up another tomorrow before I go buy another filter, some supplies, and the first residents for my (finally cycled!) 29g. It will be either the swords or the killies, whichever look better at the store.
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Old 06-21-2008, 02:28 PM   #10
 
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i am very curious as to what types of wood are good too, i have mainly oaks and maples close but if i walk in the park im sure i can find some others. i have some driftwood in my tank but it never sinks, do you guys think oak or maple would be ok, i might try it out once i get my tank going well.
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