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Offline Adam

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Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2010, 10:41:50 pm »
I withdraw then!

Coconut's aren't too good for you, I eat a bit - occasionally.
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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #16 on: September 24, 2010, 06:58:09 am »
    Yeap, grapevine can be toxic :( shame, such a nice looking wood

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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #17 on: September 24, 2010, 03:16:09 pm »
    After boiling my coconut shells for about 6 hours, the water was pretty much clear. Thanks for the information all! I now have another place for my shrimp to hid away :)

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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #18 on: September 27, 2010, 08:41:28 pm »
    I bet my crayfish like one of those then  *applause*.
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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #19 on: September 28, 2010, 12:54:43 am »
    Great thread J, good idea to list woods :) 
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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #20 on: September 28, 2010, 07:01:30 am »
    Willow is also referenced on a few sites as a 'cure' for green water, must be freshly cut though.( I don't have willow, so never tried this)

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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #21 on: September 28, 2010, 07:42:44 am »
    Such a good thread I've stuck a sticky in it. Keep the suggestions coming...  :)
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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #22 on: September 28, 2010, 12:37:54 pm »
    I have a huge willow tree on the green opposite my house. So if I chopped a bit, say a branch, do I boil it then chuck it in??
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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #23 on: September 28, 2010, 12:46:40 pm »
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    A new method is to use freshly cut 1-2 year old willow branches about 0.5-1cm in width. Place these in your tank vertically so they go from the substrate to a few centimetres above the water's surface. After a few days they will start to grow roots and the green water should start to clear. When cleared remove the branches from the water.

    Taken from JamesC's website. I haven't done this, I can't imagine boiling would do much, a good wash should get rid of most nasties, as long as the tree is free from pesticides etc.

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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #24 on: September 28, 2010, 12:51:44 pm »
    i had read about that johnny, it makes sense as willow sucks up nutrients like mad. But I still cant find anything about dead willow.
    I'll keep looking though, this bit i have is too good to get rid of if it's safe.
    yep… im like a bad smell

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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #25 on: September 28, 2010, 01:38:17 pm »
    Hi!  *2116*

    I did some surfing through the German forums - the consensus seems to be that live willow grows like mad, that fish/shrimps like to nibble at the fresh growth and there is no problem with the fish.  *fish2*

    Dead willow also seems to be no problem - although suggestion is to boil / bake it for a while and then leave it soaking in a rain-butt for a few months to get it nicely waterlogged.

    There was even a post which claimed that willow gives off an aspirin like substance which kills algae... *dontknow* *dontknow* *dontknow*

    Not tried either personally though...

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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #26 on: September 28, 2010, 01:44:50 pm »
    really? so woudl thin willow branches survive ok? would you need part of it exposed to air?

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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #27 on: September 28, 2010, 09:08:26 pm »
    This is getting exciting *yahoo*
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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #28 on: September 28, 2010, 09:10:52 pm »
    Really? that's awesome thanks Tony!

    Yes Alan, they say leaves and part of the branch need to be emmersed for it to survive. I may set up a test in the conservatory, get a nice green tank and see how willow clears it.
    yep… im like a bad smell

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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #29 on: October 06, 2010, 01:11:36 pm »
    few to add…
    rhodedodron is toxic
    magnolia bark is toxic
    azalea is toxic

    looks like
    laurel
    ash
    larch
    and poplar are all safe too… but i think some of these you should be wary of
    yep… im like a bad smell