RE: NANFA-- Tank decorations

Denkhaus, Robert (DenkhaR_at_Ci.Fort-Worth.TX.US)
Fri, 6 Apr 2001 10:50:37 -0500

The vines that I would be using are native plants and grow wild on the
Refuge so I don't have to be concerned with applied chemicals, only those
that naturally occur in the plant. Regardless, I guess that I will have to
go the experimental route with a dozen shiners from the bait shop. I'll let
y'all know how it turns out in case anyone's interested.

Rob Denkhaus
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

Edward Venn wrote:
> A good point, a lot of chemicals are applied during
> viticulture and I would
> think they would stay in the wood. This is something to check
> out. Try
> soaking the wood first and then experimenting with some
> sacrificial fish. If
> they survive then it should be safe.
> Ed
> Tokyo Japan
> >
> >In referring to using grape vine in a tank, I did not mean
> that I intended
> >it to be live and growing like the pothos that has been
> mentioned. I meant
> >to use cut pieces of the woody vine to create a tangle of
> "roots" in the
> >tank. I think that the texture of the bark would provide an
> interesting
> >effect in the tank and since the vines are relatively
> flexible when water
> >logged, they could be bent into an interesting mass. Of
> course, they also
> >can be found in any length and thicknesses ranging from
> pencil-width to
> >about 8 inches in diameter. My question is in regards to
> any leaching of
> >chemicals that may affect water quality or appearance. I can't find
> >anything in the literature about it. Anyone have knowledge of any
> >problems?
> >
> >Rob Denkhaus
> >Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

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