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I got two peices of driftwood from the beach, dried them out to kill bugs and such, boiled them a few times until they sank again and they work just fine.

If you want something for plecos to chew on, malaysian driftwood seems to the wood of choice because it will release the tanins and color the water. I guess it has some kind of buffering capacity also but I don't know the science behind it. I guess it also changes the pH but I can never get a straight answer as to if it increases or decreases the pH ultimately. Mine beach wood doesn't seem to effect the pH at all. Hopefully someone with actual experience with Malaysian driftwood will tell you more about the pH effects.
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