Re: NANFA-- Drift Wood - Recommended?

Scott Davis (
Sun, 4 Feb 2001 13:27:09 -0600

You raise another important set of questions. What woods are best (better?)
for aquaria? Are there some which leach tannins and would be ok for
blackwater fish, but not others? Are some only appropriate for hardwaters?
Are some flat out toxic?

A piece of wood leaving an oil slick is pretty easy to identify as trouble.
How hard is it to ID driftwood? Does it matter if one keeps up water
changes? If most of the trees in an area are limited to a couple of species,
probably identifying the driftwood would be do-able. Is that what people
usually encounter?



<> noted:

> I collect "drift wood" (it hasn't drifted in a long time its water logged)
> out of the trout stream on my northern Mich. property. Its a lot easier
to start
> with wood that's already water-logged. ...
> Most of the wood shows up after storm run off has scoured the stream. Its
> mostly white cedar probably fell 100 years ago.

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