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Author Topic: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid  (Read 31782 times)

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Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
« Reply #30 on: October 06, 2010, 01:53:56 pm »
I saw a gorgeous bit of wood in a pet store a week or so ago. I was told that it was beech, but they were unsure if it was safe for an aquarium. The reason they gave was that it was actually wood for a terrarium, and they sterilize it with an unknown substance before it's put up for sale.

Any thoughts?

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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #31 on: October 06, 2010, 06:20:56 pm »
    Laurel and larch can be toxic to humans.

    Plain beech is fine, it depends on what they spray it with.
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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #32 on: October 06, 2010, 11:59:53 pm »
    How about -Driftwood from the beach, will contain salts and potential toxins so shouldn't be used.
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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #33 on: November 03, 2010, 12:20:46 am »
    to revive and old topic...

    i live in ireland and am obviously surrounded by bog land

    i know of people digging up wood for decor and trees being lifted from the lands they collect peat moss from

    how is it possible to ID the wood that is preserved and dug out the ground? its a rip off here buyin wood for 20euro or more, when it takes half a day to dig a shed load up. i want to take a 5 minute drive to a disused bog i know there's wood in and dig some but too scared in case a toxic wood goes in. any advice?
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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #34 on: November 03, 2010, 12:51:35 am »
    I'm a little jealous : I've been trying to get to a bog for ages (if you see what I mean).  None of the licenced peat-cutters I tried to contact over here ever replied.

    Sigh.

    Anyway, if it were me I'd just do it. I don't know of any method of identifying boggified wood - but then I haven't looked for one.

    Roughly, I'd stick my choice(s) in a big container of dechlorinated water and dump some bloodworm in with it(them).  If they survived, I'd graduate to some Daphnia ; then a couple of shrimp (may need to check and regulate pH, temperature etc.) ; then a couple of small fish ...


    I lied in my first paragraph : I'm actually fuming with jealousy!

    Good luck with it.

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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #35 on: November 03, 2010, 12:57:13 am »
    well if the yield is any bit good, you never know i might post some over! only p&p costs to be covered (plus a small donation to my baby fund...)   *giggle*
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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #36 on: November 03, 2010, 06:49:58 am »

    Roughly, I'd stick my choice(s) in a big container of dechlorinated water and dump some bloodworm in with it(them).  If they survived, I'd graduate to some Daphnia ; then a couple of shrimp (may need to check and regulate pH, temperature etc.) ; then a couple of small fish ...

    Good idea Vale!

    They actually use daphnia over here to "measure" water quality.
    Something like, "number of daphnia per thousand which die within one day"!

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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #37 on: November 03, 2010, 11:14:32 am »
    I think this thread applies to leaf-matter for shrimps as well?


    http://www.planetinverts.com/shrimp_and_leaf_litter.html

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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #38 on: January 16, 2011, 09:59:03 pm »
    hi just to add abit about using willow in your tanks i have used dead and live willow in all my tanks live willow grows realy well as long as there is some left out of the water my plecs like it alot also dead willow doesnt take long to sink as i have used freshly cutt large sections of branch left them to dry then soaked in water for a few days they look pritty good plus plecs eat the bark this is just my personnel experience never had any problems with willow from any type of willow as we have forest of weeping willow and other types also willow leaves contain salicylic acid the precursor to aspirin all my farm animals and fish go mad for willow so i would say its worth a try

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    'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #39 on: February 13, 2011, 06:14:10 pm »
    Just wanted to say thanks for this thread as it has been great when setting up tanks at school. Bogwood costs small fortune but I love the natural look of wood with plants in tanks. Got some great pieces of applewood for tanks.

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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #40 on: June 10, 2011, 05:43:21 pm »
    Hi, I have some apple and plum trees in the back garden and the wood is lovely. Could I check if it is definitely same for use in the aquarium please?

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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #41 on: June 10, 2011, 05:51:00 pm »
    Hi, I have some apple and plum trees in the back garden and the wood is lovely. Could I check if it is definitely same for use in the aquarium please?

    Those should be fine, I'd still give them a boil to kill any bacteria or critters that are in the wood though.
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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #42 on: June 10, 2011, 06:08:16 pm »
    Thanks for that reply. Im gonna cut the leaves off for safety(or could I leave them on?) and give it a good long boil...

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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #43 on: June 10, 2011, 06:14:27 pm »
    Thanks for that reply. Im gonna cut the leaves off for safety(or could I leave them on?) and give it a good long boil...

    Well the leaves will wilt and die from being boiled anyway, so you might as well pick them off.
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    Re: 'Safe' Woods and ones to avoid
    « Reply #44 on: June 10, 2011, 06:17:00 pm »
    Oh yeah...that was a stupid question wasn't it haha. Thanks for your help!