Originally Posted by BradSD
Thanks Byron, it really was not to hard to build. I watched a youtube video on the framing, then sorta winged it on the trim/covering. Framing was done for around 45 bucks and the trim, paint etc cost about 85. Not a bad stand for the money spent and I can brag about DIY LOL. I am adding the sand now and wow its hard to clean up. This is going to take some time to get the water right with the sand. Im thinking about walking the Tn river bank this next week to find some driftwood to add in. Have you ever tried driftwood from the wild? Id love a stump with some roots branching off sorta in a volcano look.
Wood collected locally is a real risk. If it is now in water, it can carry various pathogens that might wipe out your entire fish stock. Fish living in the local watercourses can carry far different immunities to various pathogens than those in fish from another area such as Amazonia or wherever. The fish there will not likely fend off introduced pathogens from here, and vice versa.
Then there is the issue of toxins that the wood may have absorbed over the years. No amount of boiling can effectively deal with these. And wood of course takes up liquids fast, and may release them very slowly. I had this happen with a chunk of soft wood (purchased in a fish store no less) many years ago.
Soft woods also rot quickly, so the wood should be hardwood so it will break down more slowly, which is fine provided it is safe.