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post #1 of 15 Old 09-12-2009, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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driftwood for byron

hey byron and anyone else who buys driftwood, where do u get ur driftwood and how much do u pay? i looked at ur tanks and u have nice peice and plants.
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post #2 of 15 Old 09-12-2009, 08:02 PM
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I found mine on craigslist, of all places. A fellow aquarist was breaking down his tanks and I got seven huge chunks of malaysian driftwood for about $60.00. I boiled the heck out of the pieces to make sure they weren't carrying anything "icky" that might make its way into my tank. You might have a look on craigslist...

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post #3 of 15 Old 09-12-2009, 09:13 PM
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um Byron got his at a store called Petcetera in Canada. And maybe some other places too. But i know he got some stuff there.

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post #4 of 15 Old 09-12-2009, 09:39 PM
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I got my malaysian driftwood at Petco and the LFS. Dr. Foster Smith has it as well, but I like to see it first to get just the right look.
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post #5 of 15 Old 09-13-2009, 05:21 PM
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um Byron got his at a store called Petcetera in Canada. And maybe some other places too. But i know he got some stuff there.
It was the Life-Glo tubes I got (for 1/4 the price) at Petcetera Trev, the bogwood came from Petland and a store in North Van.

Teddyzapper, look around your local fish stores, plus online places already mentioned by previous posters. There are different types of wood available, I have the very dark wood that I believe used to be mangrove root, it may have other names. I prefer it as it is very natural, like fallen tree trunks underwater; it is also heavy and sinks immediately, does not need to be soaked or held down; soaking will get some of the tannins out faster, but they dissipate fairly quickly (couple of months). There is a very pale wood, I think it's Mopani, I don't like it myself as it is so light; it also leeches tannins badly for quite a while, and it will not sink and has to be weighted down (it may sink after it is thoroughly waterlogged, I took it out and used it on the land portion of my former amphibian vivarium.

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post #6 of 15 Old 09-13-2009, 05:35 PM
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oh my bad.
But cool there is a petland where I live. However some of their prices are weird. A piece of driftwood can be like $10, then there is another piece with some plant growing on it and they want $30...
I need to go get some.

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oh my bad.
But cool there is a petland where I live. However some of their prices are weird. A piece of driftwood can be like $10, then there is another piece with some plant growing on it and they want $30...
I need to go get some.
Bogwood is not cheap. Most places sell it at so much per pound or kilogram or whatever. But I prefer buying wood that is in tanks already because most (if not all) the tanins have leeched out and it saves me having to either boil it or put up with brown water for 2-3 months. Anyway, I paid 9.95 for each of the medium/large pieces I bought from Petland, and slightly more for the pieces from Pet Boutique in N Van. Prices are usually "by the weight".

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post #8 of 15 Old 09-13-2009, 07:20 PM
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okay, thanks for the prices.
By the way, did you re-do your aquariums?

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post #9 of 15 Old 09-13-2009, 07:41 PM
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i got mine right off of a fallen down tree next to some lakes by my house. i think its cedar but it looks really nice. the pieces were to big to be boiled so my dad steamed them in a water tight aluminum trash can and they are have been fine in my 50 gallon, they dont leach tannin or anything but they did need to be anchored down by some roofing slate.

its a half a inch of water and you think your gunna drown
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okay, thanks for the prices.
By the way, did you re-do your aquariums?
Yes, he did!
How Bryon improved upon the previous set ups he had is beyond me but he did. Beautiful tanks, Byron.

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