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Is Zilla malaysian driftwood ok to use?

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Is Zilla malaysian driftwood ok to use?
Old 06-08-2009, 07:19 PM   #1
 
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Question Is Zilla malaysian driftwood ok to use?

I just bought a really sweet looking piece of driftwood. It is Zilla brand Malaysian Driftwood. I found it in the reptile section at the lfs. My question is, is this okay to use? On the tag it says, Safe for terrestrial and aquatic enviroments. I realize this may sound stupid, but I want to be sure. The reason I'm unsure is because it says safe for aquatic enviroments but it could just be reptiles in aquatic enviroments. I've done a little research and I know Malaysian driftwood is great for fish but I found that some made for reptiles is not safe for fish. Please help me....arghhhh.
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:12 AM   #2
 
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Does it make any mention of pesticides, fungicides, or any pest control or mold/mildew resistance. If its untreated wood it's good to go. The only real problem comes if the wood was treated with any chemicals. Given that it's intended for reptiles I doubt it. You might contact the manufacturer and ask them directly.
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:53 AM   #3
 
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Does it make any mention of pesticides, fungicides, or any pest control or mold/mildew resistance. If its untreated wood it's good to go. The only real problem comes if the wood was treated with any chemicals. Given that it's intended for reptiles I doubt it. You might contact the manufacturer and ask them directly.
No it doesn't mention anything like that. I was on this site that sells them and it says it's water resistant so that it releases tannins slower. Would this be a issue? I haven't been able to find any contact info.
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Old 06-09-2009, 12:02 PM   #4
 
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Scratch that...I just found a number and I spoke to someone from Zilla and they told me it's all natural and not treated with anything. He reassured me it's safe for fish. As for it being water resistant, he said it's because Malaysian driftwood is very dense so it takes longer for tannins to be released. I hope this guy knows what he's talking about. Does this sound right?
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:01 AM   #5
 
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I can't say one way or another to the speed of tanin release. I've only had mopani driftwood.
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:45 AM   #6
 
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Tannins are released by all natural wood in an aquarium, and some types have more tannins and some release it faster. Tannins won't hurt fish or plants, but they will slightly acidify the water depending upon how much and the type of wood; but this is insignificant as I have not read of anyone seeing a descrease of more than .2 in the pH. And the water will have a slightly yellowish-brownish tinge but still be "clear", sort of like tea. In time, and with the normal regular weekly partial water changes, the tint will lessen until it basically disappears. Some suggest that boiling the wood for 20-30 minutes will cause a lot of hte staining tannins to leech out quickly, if it is small enough to fit in a pot completely emersed; be aware this will stain the pot.
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