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post #1 of 10 Old 08-24-2010, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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Admittedly disappointed in my driftwood.

Well, I have been excitedly waiting for an order I had placed for some driftwood and several different kinds of food for my fish. I tried to save a couple of bucks this time and went with Malaysian driftwood rather then the Mopani wood I always have ordered in the past.

I was always thrilled with Mopani wood. It has so much character with it's twisty turny look and knots and whatnot. This time, I get 2 very boring chunks of wood and quite a bit smaller then the Mopani I have had in the past. Less then half the size, I would say. Probably not a bad thing as my tank is getting full. lol

Any of you purchase both types of wood? Which did you like better? I think the problem is, I had in my head what I needed for a piece and what I got doesn't fit the bill. I will have to play with it a bit before I decide where to go with it. It won't fit where I wanted it.

Fish are incredibly happy with the food choices however. I let them try a few different kinds. Normally the poor things have been suffering with your basic tropic crisp. Today they dined on Krill, Bloodworm's and shrimp. They seemed to enjoy it.
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-24-2010, 04:22 PM
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Well, I have been excitedly waiting for an order I had placed for some driftwood and several different kinds of food for my fish. I tried to save a couple of bucks this time and went with Malaysian driftwood rather then the Mopani wood I always have ordered in the past.

I was always thrilled with Mopani wood. It has so much character with it's twisty turny look and knots and whatnot. This time, I get 2 very boring chunks of wood and quite a bit smaller then the Mopani I have had in the past. Less then half the size, I would say. Probably not a bad thing as my tank is getting full. lol

Any of you purchase both types of wood? Which did you like better? I think the problem is, I had in my head what I needed for a piece and what I got doesn't fit the bill. I will have to play with it a bit before I decide where to go with it. It won't fit where I wanted it.

Fish are incredibly happy with the food choices however. I let them try a few different kinds. Normally the poor things have been suffering with your basic tropic crisp. Today they dined on Krill, Bloodworm's and shrimp. They seemed to enjoy it.
Not surprising that they're happy. It's like having to eat a sandwich every day for dinner a while and then boom! you come home one day and there's a 4-course steak dinner waiting for you. That said, my fish dine on a balanced diet of sandwiches and steak dinners. :3
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-24-2010, 04:24 PM
you can glue small pieces together to make something unique. i have both type of wood but i've stopped using the twisty wood and it's totally dried up =p

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post #4 of 10 Old 08-24-2010, 06:09 PM
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That's why I buy the wood from Petco or similar pet store. I like to see what the wood looks like before I buy it.
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That's why I buy the wood from Petco or similar pet store. I like to see what the wood looks like before I buy it.

Yeah, I agree. The wood I have gotten in the past far surpassed anything that Petco had here though. This stuff, I could have gotten there but I would have paid more. I was sending an order in for food anyway so I took a chance. Not the best idea, I guess. lol
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It is hard to add to the tank after you've set it up. You can't move things around and try out different things. It's easier when you are doing it from scratch. Ultimately, it's you who have to be happy with your tank. If you don't like your new pieces, give them a chance to get used to them and if you still don't like them, pick them out. I'd find it difficult getting driftwood without seeing it first.
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I'm thinking paperweights?

If not, spruce them up with some surrounding planting and you'll probably end up really liking them.

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-24-2010, 07:49 PM
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I have mopani wood in my 37g and I love it.I ordered some small pieces of Malaysian for my 50g just to attach the Anubias and Java moss to and not be noticeable.I think it just depends on what look you want.If you want the wood to be a centerpiece then the Mopani is better.

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post #9 of 10 Old 08-24-2010, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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It is hard to add to the tank after you've set it up. You can't move things around and try out different things. It's easier when you are doing it from scratch. Ultimately, it's you who have to be happy with your tank. If you don't like your new pieces, give them a chance to get used to them and if you still don't like them, pick them out. I'd find it difficult getting driftwood without seeing it first.

I agree. Too much movement in the tank makes my fish nervous obviously, so I avoid it. Now adding is very hard since there is always a plant one inch too far this way or that to move my wood where I want it. lol I have moved plants too many times too and killed a few of them myself. I won't take full blame for all of them. I am not really happy with how it looks, and there is the problem. I mean, it could be worse but it isn't what I see in my mind when I am trying to set it up.

I too would have liked to see the wood first but I was so pleasantly surprised with the Mopani that I had ordered that I thought it was worth another shot. My mistake there. The snails love the wood. The second I put it in there the snails were headed over to give it a look, or taste. ha ha

I just noticed BOTH of my snails out and about tonight and had to shoot them. (with the camera, of course) Thought these were kind of neat.

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I admit that I was creeped out by these 2 but now, I have to admit, they are fascinating to watch. They move in areas, I wouldn't think they could get. They are fast and if you stop looking at them for just a minute, you can totally lose them. Amazing! I wish Brown guy would suck the green algae of the white/gold guy. lol

Here are two of my Platys I am thinking they might be setting up house in that pot, which is why I am not sure if I should move it just yet. They were in the pot but me moving closer with the camera had them scooting all around. They are pretty new yet and flighty. My Tiger Barbs are almost always in the way of the camera. I think they believe it is all about them. lol
There were 2 of the Oto's in there at the same time so I guess privacy isn't an issue yet.

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post #10 of 10 Old 08-24-2010, 10:17 PM
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Nice shots, I agree, those snails are cool! Definitely not suitable for squishing.
Just as a side note-I purchased seven really nice (and HUGE) chunks of Malaysian driftwood off of craigslist for a measley $60. The guy was breaking down a tank and no longer needed them. I spent forever arranging, and then rearranging to get the layout "perfect". Why I wasted all that time is beyond me as now all the plants totally cover the wood. My loaches sure love it so it's all good.
I need to shoot a pic of the piece of Malaysian driftwood I got for my 75, which was part of the deal. It's a centerpiece, one that I have no intention on covering with plants.

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