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grannyfish 07-15-2012 07:17 AM

red cedar driftwood
I have a small old gnarled branch of what I think is red cedar. Would it be ok to put in a freshwater aquarium and would it release tanins to acidify my 10 gal. aquarium?

Varkolak 07-15-2012 07:38 AM

What it comes down to is how old is it? I got some red cedar driftwood from lake superior and did a bit of research and its not recommended to ever use it because cedar is used as an insecticide but if its old enough it doesn't matter what it was.

grannyfish 07-15-2012 08:27 AM

This piece is pretty old. I would guess I have had it for 20 years and it was dried out and hollow when I got it. I used similar pieces I got for mounting carvings almost 20 years ago.

When I cut the piece in two because it was bigger than I wanted, I could smell a cedar scent from the new cut which is how I decided it must be red cedar.

Varkolak 07-15-2012 12:02 PM

Most will say no but soak it for awhile in a bucket and see how much leeches out, I plan on using the piece I have because it was in an attic for 15 years but there is always a risk using wild wood

Olympia 07-15-2012 12:16 PM

My concern is, isn't cedar softwood? It might not last as long or do well underwater.
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Varkolak 07-15-2012 12:20 PM

Red cedar at least in Ohio is a hardwood, there are half a dozen trees people call cedar but at least around here its hard

grannyfish 07-15-2012 12:48 PM

I believe this piece of wood came from the east coast somewhere. It smells like red cedar from the fresh cut I made when I sawed it in half, but it has been baking in a hot attic for many years. I am concerned if it smells aromatic, it may be a problem...for fish, I don't know, that is why I am hoping someone can tell me from experience.

I have seen people on this forum recommending boxwood - WHERE do you find/purchase boxwood??

Olympia 07-15-2012 12:55 PM

If it smells, don't use it.
Scented wood like cedar is horrible for rabbits, hamsters, snakes, lizards, etc. It hurts their respiratory system. I can imagine the scent, which is what kills the bugs? Leeching into the water.
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grannyfish 07-15-2012 01:06 PM


grannyfish 07-15-2012 01:08 PM

Boxwood for aquariums - where??
So I gave up on my old cedar branches for my aquarium, I have read several posts recommending boxwood for aquariums - WHERE can you find/purchase boxwood driftwood?

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