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girlofgod 08-29-2006 09:40 AM

bog wood vs. hardwood
so ive read that its better to put hardwoods in a freshwater aquarium so that the tannins wont seep and turn your water funny colors, etc...but i was wondering, where do you even GET bogwoods? and what about hardwoods? you can pick up branchs from your front yard (as long as i make sure no pesticides have been sprayed, etc..) and put em in your tank?


Nick 08-29-2006 11:21 AM

I have 2 small pieces of 'bogwood/driftwood' that I picked up from a lake nearby. I just brought them home and scrubbed the crap out of them ( with only warm water and a clean scrubber

girlofgod 08-29-2006 12:14 PM

so i could go down to the river?

Nick 08-29-2006 12:15 PM

Yes, if im not wrong, than yes you could. I'm planning on doing that sometime this month also. Just be sure to wash it good, and boil it to kill the stuff that is in the wood, who know's what is in them!

girlofgod 08-29-2006 12:16 PM

hrm...ok...i will consider that...thanks! ^_^

joeshmoe 08-29-2006 12:19 PM

its alot cheaper then the store :D

Oceane 09-02-2006 05:22 AM

I found a method for curing driftwood in an old fish book. Soak the piece in a chlorine based bleach for 3 days then in clean water for the next 3 days. It works well except with a piece of wood that i got from a LFS. Than one even cured still had a lot of tannin, the water in my Oscar tank was brown for more than a year inspite of weekly water changes. The Oscar didi not seem to mind though :wink:

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