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post #11 of 18 Old 11-19-2010, 07:19 PM
high density woods theres a lot of them. I think the rule most people like to use is if it sinks readily, then its probably good, if it floats and needs to get water logged, then it will likely rot.
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post #12 of 18 Old 11-19-2010, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
Lol that means I have to take them home then and trial and error XD
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post #13 of 18 Old 11-19-2010, 08:12 PM
or you can buy from sources that already tested for you? If you are just getting sticks from your yard, just get a bucket and fill it halfway. toss this sticks in and see what happens. Unless its a really long stick... im sure there is a list somewhere on the internet with data on it.
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post #14 of 18 Old 11-20-2010, 06:45 PM
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There is a real risk using wood/braches from outside. But it can be done.

First, use only hardwood, like oak. Never, never use conifers (pine, spruce, cedar...), their "sap" is toxic and they will very quickly rot.

The wood must be completely dry and dead. Never cut branches from a tree unless you plan on drying them totally. Natural drying is best but it takes time; I suppose oven drying may work, but I've no idea how long it requires. The point is that the wood must have absolutely no sap in it.

Collect it from a site where it would not have been exposed to toxins--chemicals, oils, fertilizers, insecticides, etc.

Remove all bark.

Once completely dry, it can be boiled and waterlogged, or it will require holding down somehow until it is waterlogged. Using wood from a stream or lake that is waterlogged solves the drying/waterlogging problem, but this must be thoroughly boiled to kill any pathogens, etc.

I have lost fish from toxic substances leeching out of wood. There is always a risk.

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There is a real risk using wood/braches from outside. But it can be done.

First, use only hardwood, like oak. Never, never use conifers (pine, spruce, cedar...), their "sap" is toxic and they will very quickly rot.

The wood must be completely dry and dead. Never cut branches from a tree unless you plan on drying them totally. Natural drying is best but it takes time; I suppose oven drying may work, but I've no idea how long it requires. The point is that the wood must have absolutely no sap in it.

Collect it from a site where it would not have been exposed to toxins--chemicals, oils, fertilizers, insecticides, etc.

Remove all bark.

Once completely dry, it can be boiled and waterlogged, or it will require holding down somehow until it is waterlogged. Using wood from a stream or lake that is waterlogged solves the drying/waterlogging problem, but this must be thoroughly boiled to kill any pathogens, etc.

I have lost fish from toxic substances leeching out of wood. There is always a risk.

Byron.
good point. maybe the wood that is sprayed with that clearing covering over it? (not sure how to explain it). or maybe plastic? i dont want it to look fake X(

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post #16 of 18 Old 11-20-2010, 09:46 PM
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Just to jump in and add my 2 cents..
Malaysian driftwood doesn't have the long skinny branchy "structure" like you are looking for. Manzanita is a hard wood and looks very similiar in structure to the first pic you posted.
Try googling Manzanita, there are many places to buy it online. It's what I would use if I was going to set up the type of tank you are looking to do.

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post #17 of 18 Old 11-21-2010, 03:18 AM
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im not familiar with what hard wood is. what is hard wood?
What i would do is , use a dry wood that sinks when put into water, we use mpanie or iron wood.

Ive used a very nice light wood before , and resin coated it so it did not rot , but because it didnt sink i had to empty the tank, glue two plastic " plugs " on the glass bace , the tie the wood down and fill the tank again.
Wood was nice, but wouldnt do it again as it was never stable in the tank.
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post #18 of 18 Old 11-23-2010, 04:17 PM
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Just to jump in and add my 2 cents..
Malaysian driftwood doesn't have the long skinny branchy "structure" like you are looking for. Manzanita is a hard wood and looks very similiar in structure to the first pic you posted.
Try googling Manzanita, there are many places to buy it online. It's what I would use if I was going to set up the type of tank you are looking to do.
I was going to say, check out Manzanita. There is a aquatic plant forum I belong to aswell, and a lot of people use it. I personally use mopani wood. It isn't branchy but it takes mosses very well, and it sinks without soaking.
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