Is this wood safe?

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by aaronnorth, 14 Mar 2009.

  1. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    Hi all,
    we've just trimmed a massive tree/ bush in the back garden but i am unsure if it would be safe to use in an aquarium. When i snapped some smaller branches of the inside was softwood, but on some thicker, older branches it was hard with just a small amount of softwood inside. Hopefully these pics will help.

    I dont think it will be safe due to it being soft but i thought i might aswell try :rolleyes:

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    Thanks for your help
     
  2. jay

    jay Member

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    Boil it a few times and strip the bark. If you have a container and spare heater hany, then you can leave the wood in hot water for a couple of weeks, see if it leeches anything nasty.
    Personally, I wouldn't really trust it.
    Looks very spongy in the middle.
     
  3. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    Thats my worries too, i think the sponge will rot - i have just remebered about the manzanita driftwood, i will get some of that instead.

    Thanks.
     
  4. Dave Spencer

    Dave Spencer Member

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    I only use wood that has been long term dead and bone dry inside. Usually, all ther bark will have fallen off, too.

    Dave.
     
  5. Luketendo

    Luketendo Member

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    No it's still quite alive.
     
  6. JamesC

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    I'd agree, definitely not suitable.

    James
     
  7. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    It is been there a week, only a few of the thinner branches are dead & dry, but like i say, i dont think it would of been any good anyway.

    thanks.
     
  8. TLH

    TLH Member

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    You shouldn't really use softwoods in tanks as it will rot over time. Most of the wood you get from shops has been kicking around for years so most in not all of the rottable matter is gone already. Theres nothing to say you can't use it but it will just get to be a pain, plus as said it could leach stuff quicker.

    Do you know what tree species it is? It looks like Elder to me and I wouldn't use that because the bark and roots are most commonly used to make laxatives. I don't know what effect that would have on your fish but why take the chance.
     
  9. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    Yes it is eldar, :lol: at least they wouldnt be constipated lol
     

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