So where do you find driftwood online?
When I last went to my LFS I didn't see any there so I was wondering if any of you have gotten some online?
Sorry for all the questions lately!
Don't apologize for a lot of questions. That's why we're here on a forum :)
As for the driftwood, I found my last two pieces in the reptile section of the pet stores.
But any good store that specializes in fish (not necessarily the big chain stores) should have a good selection.
Dr. Foster's and Smith has nice wood. Fish Supplies: Fish Tank & Fish Care | FosterAndSmithAquatics.com
I'll try to look harder next time I'm my LFS
Also, check the classified sections of online fish and planted tank forums, as some people will sometimes sell their spares there. In fact, I have a few spare pieces of driftwood lying around.
Not all wood is the same, so you might want to research and decide on this or that type. My personal preference is the dark heavy wood, it sometimes goes under the name of ironwood, or mangrove root, or jeti wood. But it is very dark-brown almost (if not actually) black [you can see it in my tank photos], and being heavy it always sinks. It releases tannins like all wood, but minimal compared to some. It does not quickly rot, and plants grow on it easily (Java Moss, Java Fern, Anubias). It looks very authentic underwater.
The lighter wood, mopani wood, is bad for tannins, will float until it is thoroughly waterlogged or somehow held down, and often has bacteria that initially can cause problems.
Another thought to bear in mind is that wood of the same type in a tank looks more natural. It takes a bit more effort to get a mix of woods to look natural.
www.aquariumplants.com This site has some driftwood for sale.
I get mine at www.sweetaquatics.com. I paid no more than $6.50 for my largest piece, and I bought 6 pieces. They take a picture of each one to show you and will even cut it for you. I loved one piece from there and wanted it to be able to stand upright. They cut the bottom straight for me so it would stand up straight in the gravel. It's Malaysian Driftwood and sinks immediately.
I got seven HUGE chucks of Malaysian driftwood for $60 on craigslist.com from a gentleman who was breaking down one of his tanks. I boiled all the wood in a large lobster pot to make sure to "kill" anything that may have been living in or on the wood.
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