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Old 07-15-2012, 08:17 AM   #1
 
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red cedar driftwood

I have a small old gnarled branch of what I think is red cedar. Would it be ok to put in a freshwater aquarium and would it release tanins to acidify my 10 gal. aquarium?

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Old 07-15-2012, 08:38 AM   #2
 
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What it comes down to is how old is it? I got some red cedar driftwood from lake superior and did a bit of research and its not recommended to ever use it because cedar is used as an insecticide but if its old enough it doesn't matter what it was.
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:27 AM   #3
 
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This piece is pretty old. I would guess I have had it for 20 years and it was dried out and hollow when I got it. I used similar pieces I got for mounting carvings almost 20 years ago.

When I cut the piece in two because it was bigger than I wanted, I could smell a cedar scent from the new cut which is how I decided it must be red cedar.
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:02 PM   #4
 
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Most will say no but soak it for awhile in a bucket and see how much leeches out, I plan on using the piece I have because it was in an attic for 15 years but there is always a risk using wild wood
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:16 PM   #5
 
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My concern is, isn't cedar softwood? It might not last as long or do well underwater.
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:20 PM   #6
 
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Red cedar at least in Ohio is a hardwood, there are half a dozen trees people call cedar but at least around here its hard
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:48 PM   #7
 
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I believe this piece of wood came from the east coast somewhere. It smells like red cedar from the fresh cut I made when I sawed it in half, but it has been baking in a hot attic for many years. I am concerned if it smells aromatic, it may be a problem...for fish, I don't know, that is why I am hoping someone can tell me from experience.

I have seen people on this forum recommending boxwood - WHERE do you find/purchase boxwood??
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:55 PM   #8
 
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If it smells, don't use it.
Scented wood like cedar is horrible for rabbits, hamsters, snakes, lizards, etc. It hurts their respiratory system. I can imagine the scent, which is what kills the bugs? Leeching into the water.
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Old 07-15-2012, 02:06 PM   #9
 
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thanks!
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Old 07-15-2012, 02:08 PM   #10
 
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Boxwood for aquariums - where??

So I gave up on my old cedar branches for my aquarium, I have read several posts recommending boxwood for aquariums - WHERE can you find/purchase boxwood driftwood?
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