05-09-2011, 07:17 PM
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Originally Posted by SinCrisis
hard woods can last a long time, my bogwood has been in my tank for almost 5 years now and still fine. Softer woods will decay much faster.
Although nowadays, plasticn decor is great and some look very realistic, it will never be the same as real driftwood. Real wood offers textures, twists, and grain patterns that are unique to each piece and the variety cannot be replicated by plastic decor. For example, the manzanita i use in my tanks, i am confident that nobody else will ever be able to get the exact same pieces that I have and that my aquascape will be unique to me.
On the other hand, its a pain in the behind to find all those pieces of wood and make them work in a scape, arranging them takes forever and sometimes it just doesnt work out :-/ So i guess it all depends on whats important to the hobbyist.
I know, back in the day I had a nice piece of DW, looked almost like a dull brown velvet in the water. The trouble with the plastics is the color is too crisp, nature is more, well, plain.