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post #1 of 13 Old 08-11-2012, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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New to Driftwood: Have a few questions

Hello, I am getting ready to order some stuff, and the site has some Mopani driftwood pretty cheap. I was thinking about giving it a try, since I've never had driftwood before. Here are my questions:

Does anyone have any opinions on this specific type of driftwood?
Is there any difference between different types of driftwood?
How should I cleanse it before using it?
Will it change any of my water parameters? If so, will it be anything drastic/to worry about?

I just want to make sure I'm informed before I decide whether to purchase it. Thanks!

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All that I know about driftwood is that you have to soak it in a bucket of water.
Yes driftwood will lower the PH.
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post #3 of 13 Old 08-11-2012, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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How much will it lower the pH?

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I'm not sure, what is the current ph level?
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post #5 of 13 Old 08-11-2012, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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7. Having it drop a little would be fine. The fish I am getting for this set up prefer a ph in the 6-6.5 range.

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was told at the LFS that people use Driftwood to lower the ph for SA cichlids and dwarf cichlids. Same reason people use limestone to rise ph for african cichlids. I just dont know how much it will be lowerd. Also It may stain your water. thats why you would soak it it in a bucket
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Ohh! I love driftwood. It just looks so natural in a tank. A good piece can really make a tank pop! And I love how anubias looks when it's rooted in driftwood.

If you're going to order driftwood, I would look for Malaysian driftwood as it's one of the darkest available and least-prone to that funky fungus. Mopani can get it sometimes, but I've got a piece that never did. And I can't remember that type of driftwood that gets it almost all the time. Manzanita is another nice wood for tanks. It has a good, rooty look to it.

As far as how much it will change your water parameters, that depends. If you have a low KH, it will probably drop the pH by a fair amount. A lot of people will boil the wood beforehand to release the tannins as they will turn your water a tea color and lower your pH. Personally, I like that look, but most people don't. I just run the wood under water and scrub the dirt from it. Malaysian wood is dense enough to sink without having to boil it beforehand.

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And I can't remember that type of driftwood that gets it almost all the time. Manzanita is another nice wood for tanks. It has a good, rooty look to it.
Isnt it grape wood?

Could have swore that was it...






Also I second having drift wood, I have it in 3 of my tanks and they all look fantastic because of it. Malaysian and Manzanita are my favorite :D
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Isnt it grape wood?

Could have swore that was it...
Yep! That's it. I just couldn't remember it last night. Avoid it at all costs. Unfortunately, I see grapewood for sale more often than I see Mopani or Malaysian.

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