07-15-2012, 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by LyzzaRyzz
It's driftwood my mom collected years ago and has been sitting in my house for years.
All the drift wood at pet stores that I find are so expensive! And I have two plecos, so they needed the wood. The slimy piece is a softer wood, and the other feels just like wet wood.
Don't use soft woods; they break down much faster and this can quickly pollute the tank. Plus, depending upon the wood species, they may contain poisonous sap or pitch, and this can remain deep in the wood for a long time but when submerged may leech out. Coniferous trees (cedar, pine, spruce, fir...) are soft woods.
Hard woods, such as oak and popular, are safe from this aspect.