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post #1 of 9 Old 07-22-2009, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Driftwood, real or fake?

I have a piece of driftwood in my aquarium, but i don't know whether or not it is real. Can someone tell me a good way in that I can find this out.
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-22-2009, 11:00 AM
Usually if you didnt soak it the tannins will usually start releasing if it is real. nThe tannins will turn your water kinda tea colored.
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Usually if you didnt soak it the tannins will usually start releasing if it is real. nThe tannins will turn your water kinda tea colored.
Well it was in a fish tank before i got it so it wasnt new. So that doesnt really help, are there any other suggestions.
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post #4 of 9 Old 07-22-2009, 12:03 PM
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take a hand saw to a part of it (prfereably the underside) and see if you get sawdust or plastic dust..............
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-22-2009, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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take a hand saw to a part of it (prfereably the underside) and see if you get sawdust or plastic dust..............
Maybe, i would rather not do this, creates a lot of mess and work only to wreck a part of the decor.
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-22-2009, 07:06 PM
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a part of the driftwood is gonna sit on the bottom of the gravel.......a quarter inch cut to see if its wood is not going to ruin the piece.....You would never see the cut in the tank.........
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post #7 of 9 Old 07-23-2009, 04:56 AM
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How big is the piece of wood? If it's quite bulky then another way of telling would be the weight. A waterlogged piece of wood can be quite heavy.

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post #8 of 9 Old 07-23-2009, 11:09 AM
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ohh come on! you serious? you cant tell fake from real? lol


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post #9 of 9 Old 07-23-2009, 11:31 AM
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Just scratch it with your fingernail. If it is real wood you will scratch some off, no matter what type or age; if it is ceramic it will not (hopefully) come apart. Also, real wood has a somewhat soft feel when you press it.

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