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ArrowheadShark 08-20-2013 04:39 PM

Getting wood for Albino Bristlenose
I'm new to keeping an Albino Bristle Nose. He's housed in a heated ten gallon tank with a snail and a beta.

My question was on driftwood: I'm going to get him some, but I was wondering if it has to be specifically driftwood, or could it be another wood so long as it's not been treated or painted or anything? I'm assuming it'd be alright to buy it from the petstore, am I wrong on that? I don't think they'd put anything bad into the wood that would harm Pleco, but I wanted to make sure.

If you have any advice or knowledge to share on having the wood in the aquarium, that would be superb!

Thank you for your time! :'D

spreadtoothinly 08-20-2013 05:08 PM

I don't know about yours, but where I live all the pet stores sell is plastic made to look like wood. But if they have actual WOOD driftwood then it's almost certainly fine.

Tracy Bird 08-20-2013 07:56 PM

Driftwood is good and you can usually find it at independently owned aquarium shops or online.

Most of the chain shops in my area don't sell driftwood only plastic/ceramic driftwood looking decorations.

See if there are aquarium clubs in your area and then join them! There is always nice driftwood at our club auctions for very fair prices.

Good luck with your plec, they are very cool!

ArrowheadShark 08-20-2013 09:13 PM

Finding a place to buy the driftwood shouldn't be a problem - you guys have trouble finding it? D: Where I am, Petco and Petsmart both have it!

My mom was wondering if it has to be driftwood, though; Can it be, say, a piece cut off of a stick I peeled and carved the bark of a few years ago?

Tracy Bird 08-20-2013 09:36 PM

It doesn't have to be driftwood, what kind of branch is the one you describe as being carved?

No, I don't have any problem finding driftwood.

ArrowheadShark 08-21-2013 12:09 AM

I'm afraid I'm not sure - I know it's not pine or cedar. Relatively easy to carve but harder than some woods, I would think. It's a nice solid stick I carved to be used as a walking stick, but then never used.

jentralala 08-21-2013 12:21 AM

I'd be very careful adding sticks that are local. It really depends on the type of tree it's from, as certain trees/sticks can be poisonous to fish (specifically soft wood pine). Oak and beech are the most common, safe options. Even then the stick needs to be thoroughly dead and dried before being added. Some stores sell small pieces of driftwood for around $5 :)

ArrowheadShark 08-21-2013 12:43 PM

Thank you all for your help :3 It answered my questions, and Mama's!


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