aquarium safe twiggy wood?
is there any natral wood that can be used for fish use im looking for something very twiggy to use in a planted setup (no more than 5mm thick) all of the bog/Mopani wood is usally big thick chunks i want to have a few bits of something of a twiggy nature running diag accros the tank with java moss on them any ideas?
I was thinking about doing a similar sort of thing in my new tank but had the same problems with all the standard driftwood being too thick.
If I had to guess, I'd guess that using dead branches up off the ground still attached to a hardwood tree of some kind would be your best bet. I wouldn't want to mess with something already submerged as it could likely contain some nasty pollutants. I don't want soft wood, because those seem like they'd break down easier and the sap might be a bad idea. Any sticks on the ground would likely be already rotting, so those seem like a bad idea, too.
I've never done this so these are entirely just hunches. Any experts have any advice here?
i came across a picture of a planted tank that had lots of twigs in it looked ace but there was no mention of WHAT these twigs were from but i know its possible i have lots of twigs from a silver birch that are dead yet not rotten(these trees shed unwanted twigs) also branches from apple and hazel i may put some in a spare tank for a couple of weeks and see what they do a pehaps add a few trumpet snails to determine if they are leaching anything toxic
Oh one more thing I forgot to mention, I read somewhere else on here that wood from fruit trees is a bad idea because they get covered in this nastly slime sort of stuff underwater.
fruit tress have very sugery sap which stays in the bark after death didnt think about that :oops: ok thats off the list
ive now set up a trial tank with birch twigs i boiled them(there flexible enogh to curl round a in a large pot) and added them to a 10gallon tank with a little sand some trumpet snails and some ricca(supposed to be sensitive to poor water
ill leave it for 2 weeks and see what happens ill post updates if anyones remotely interested
Definitely keep me posted! I still want to do something similar in my 29g but haven't gone wood-collecting yet.
I saw someone who made a little "tree" with twigs from outside. It rotted eventually, but it looked nice for a while. You'll have to take them out at some point, but it should last a while.
Just watch out for trees in areas that have pollution or have been treated by pesticides. Even boiling won't get it out.
they seem to last well over a year in the bottom of my parents fish pond were they tend to end up over winter a year is a pleanty of time its just a matter of fiding out there effects and to give a some idea of what trees can be used for this there are a large number of trees that can be lethal to not just fish but people too
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