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So I am finally going to add some driftwood to my tank for my Plecos , but I am not sure what to get. Not sure if there is any specific wood I should get. I am going to order it online since I dont feel secure enough to do all the boiling and bleaching stuff myself. If anyone has any advice it would be greatly appreciated. I know there is several companies selling it online , so if anyone had any good experiences I sure could use the help. I am also not sure how much more needs to be done to the wood if it is bought from a retailer. Help ?
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Rocksor replied the topic: Re: Driftwood

There are two types, driftwood and mopani wood. Either one is fine. Even if you order it online, you should still boil it. If it is too big for your pots to boil then put it in a tub, and pour boiling hot water over it. Theres also the option of mixing clorox bleach with water 1:8 ratio and soaking it in that.

Buy driftwood from a store so that you can see if you like the way it looks. Buying online is like a blind date.
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Firestorm8215 replied the topic: Re: Driftwood

Rocksor wrote: There are two types, driftwood and mopani wood. Either one is fine. Even if you order it online, you should still boil it. If it is too big for your pots to boil then put it in a tub, and pour boiling hot water over it. Theres also the option of mixing clorox bleach with water 1:8 ratio and soaking it in that.

Buy driftwood from a store so that you can see if you like the way it looks. Buying online is like a blind date.



Ugh. The whole reason I was going to buy it was because I hoped I wouldn't have to do the whole bleaching and boiling thing . And the only places I have locally for driftwood are Petsmart and Petco. I checked Petsmart today and all they had was wood for reptile tanks. I wasn't sure if it is the same and wanted to do check with you guys first. I may check Petco tomorrow, but chances are that I will order it online. I would like for it to be a nice piece , but I am mostly getting it as a source of fiber for the Pleco .
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Big-Ken replied the topic: Re: Driftwood

Manzanita is imho the best wood for an aquarium, every piece is unique and it will sink in a coupe days

Check this site out, he cleans and sand blast the wood for an extra charge. Look thought the whole site including the bird perches, they can be used in a fish tank just remove the metal hardware
manzanita.com/
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Firestorm8215 replied the topic: Re: Driftwood

Thanks Rocksor and Ken. I will check out that website for sure.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Re: Driftwood

If the primary concern is something for the pleco to gnaw on rather than the look, buy online. The driftwood is the best in my opinion. Ive had mopani, and my common plec ignored it. Once i got driftwood, he was gnawing on it day and night.
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cebosound replied the topic: Re: Driftwood

i could have sworn i posted on this already...


but i have (i think) Mopani wood. my LFS owner goes to LA every once in a while and pics up some nice pieces. i have been extremelly happy with my pieces so far. but they werent cheap thats for sure.

there are many woods to choose from. some of the native wood here on the west coast are all very bouyant, and will need rocks to weight it down most of its life. but can look nice.

just make sure to scrub them as best as possible.

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Firestorm8215 replied the topic: Re: Driftwood

Yeah , I think you're right Cebo... :laugh: I think half of this thread is gone , cause I know I asked a lot more stupid questions then are showing right now... :blink:
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Rocksor replied the topic: Re: Driftwood

thread is worthless without pics!
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Firestorm8215 replied the topic: Re: Driftwood

I know !!! But I still have the wood soaking. Not sure how long I should soak it anyways ??? The other 55 Gallon tank should be going up this wekkend , so I hope that the wood will be ready soon ?
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