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What's the best type of driftwood to use in a tank? Cypress, unspecified "bog", "manzi", oak, etc? I'm wanting something that's pleco-friendly.
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I like Malaysian since it sinks... Manzi is ok too.
I've heard of hardwood root wood being used.. (Just sandblast it first), and other hardwoods... (Boiled in water for a day or two, brushed with a wire brush, then boiled, and repeat until the wood doesn't get soft in the water anymore)
Interesting to know - I have access to an autoclave (in effect a very large pressure cooker). I wonder if running the wood through multiple cycles of pressurized steam would season the wood properly. I used that method to sterilize some driftwood from an LFS once. It leached a lot of tannins during the process.
A lot of it depends on your tastes as well, manzi is a very branchy wood, wheras mopani has larger twists. The bogwood i have is less textured and is plain and simple. All would work for plecos but the smaller branches of the manzanita might not be enough surface area for the pelco to graze on.
It is under mixed lots and driftwood heading on this site. My dwarf shrimps and my bushy nosed plecos love this wood. I also have Malaysian driftwood and I have a peice of driftwood I got in Hawaii on vacation that I boiled and used in my tank so driftwood you find at the beach is fine to use as long as you sanitize it by boiling it. These wood have to be waterlogged for a longer time. I use mable weights I got from the base of old trophys but you can use rocks in the tank or slate rock to weight it down in the aquarium and use clear fishing line to hold it down on these rocks. When it gets waterlogged you can then remove the fishing line.
I like using Java moss and Java ferns on the driftwood and securing it with clear fishing line. You should try the Choya wood as it is a really nice looking wood and has holes thu it and only takes a few days to waterlog it while the other types take like 3 weeks or more.
I posted pictures of my driftwood with the java moss, java fern attached. You can see the fishing line in one of the pictures.