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Using oak as hardscape

Piece-of-fish

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Hello, i've heard that oak could be used in aquarium. Was wandering if anyone had got any experience with it. How long and how bad will it leach tannins?
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it has to be already dead and well cleaned but it's fine, it does leach an awful lot but nothing presoaking won't help. Fruit hardwoods are good for scaping too. I've never had much look in finding the right bits though.
 

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Hmm, thats interesting. What kind of acid is that? I just have lots of oak trees nearby and wood be able to choose from many fallen dead wood for 100G scape. Have been there today and you really could find amazing bits looking even better than manzanita. I have about 3 month of planning so soaking wont be a problem.
 

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Piece-of-fish said:
. What kind of acid is that?

i'm not sure, but it's strong enough to rot lead, hence...and garuf should know this....you don't put lead on oak.we try to avoid oak cills with lead flashings, most architects avoid this. unless it's pre treated.
 

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He's right, a lot of some of harder cold climate woods do it too.

Like I said before fruit wood like cherry and apple are much less corrosive.
 

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Wow, thats strong. Fruit trees have no such nice shapes unfortunately. Hmm, maybe will try to order some manzanita from APC. I really want something special for that scape.
Anyway maybe someone who actually used it could share his thoughts.
 

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Piece-of-fish said:
I just have lots of oak trees nearby and wood be able to choose from many fallen dead wood for 100G scape.
that wouldn't be epping forest would it.think it might be illegal ;) :lol:
 

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No, much closer ;)
Anyway i am not going to cut any trees, only the fallen branches...
How about usage though, any more opinions?
 

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Piece-of-fish said:
No, much closer ;)
now i'm curious :lol: .where :? .
don't know much about oak myself.i'd say make sure it's not rotten and crumbling though.
 

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Nope, i am not telling, its all miineeeeeeeeeee, my precious :lol:
Woodford new road, have been there today, made some photos and got some fresh air, it was a beautiful weather.
 

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Piece-of-fish said:
Nope, i am not telling, its all miineeeeeeeeeee, my precious :lol:
Woodford new road, have been there today, made some photos and got some fresh air, it was a beautiful weather.
that is epping forest :lol: .beautiful weather :wideyed: .it was freezing.
 

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Ooopsy :rolleyes:
-30 would be freezing :lol:, thats what the weather at some places of europe was just a week ago...
Anyway i will probably stick to manzanita...
Shrimps are doing great btw :thumbup:
I have to update that journal.
 

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nelson said:
Piece-of-fish said:
Nope, i am not telling, its all miineeeeeeeeeee, my precious :lol:
Woodford new road, have been there today, made some photos and got some fresh air, it was a beautiful weather.
that is epping forest :lol: .beautiful weather :wideyed: .it was freezing.

+1 on the nice weather. Did a 10 mile walk in Kent today and it was really clear and bright :thumbup:
 

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i have a large piece of Oak in one of my tanks, fallen off dead bit, i soaked for 2 weeks prior to use, it's been in the tank since 2007, been just fine. Has Java moss & fern growing on it, the BN plecs often scoot about on it..

when it went in, in 07'
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08'
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Ok, that sounds good... Do you remember how bad were the tanins back when you started using it?

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Just look at the shapes of it!
Of course i wouldnt cut it from the tree, to many people enjoy this view out there but i hope to find something similar fallen on the ground. Anyway we dont tolerated cutting our own trees but we do buy it from the shop and where do you think it came from?
 
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