I'm new to most of this but I have been reading and trying to exercise diligence and judgement building my daughter's freshwater 36g bow front.
We decided on a South American/Amazon themed tank and wanted to add driftwood. There is tons to be had on the barrier islands around here but alas the government frowns on collecting it. Our LFS's have none really other than a few 12" sticks. Craig's List was no help and to avoid paying for shipping I looked at PetSmart for any reasonable piece to get me started and keep the Clown Pleco happy.
The best looking thing I found was in the reptile aisle. It did NOT say it was for aquariums but stupid (and optimistic) me, decided that driftwood was driftwood and to try it.
Long story LONGER. I found out that it is GRAPE WOOD and it collects fungus and rots. Not meant to be submersed.
Now I know 95% of the people reading this already know all about Grape Wood but I am adding this post for people Googling the topic in the future.
Let me add the product name here too.
Mac's Creations Grape Driftwood
It is great looking, cheap and NOT for aquariums. Don't TRY IT!!!