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Re: driftwood

Cut off any rot. Generally any wood that can be scraped with
moderate pressure should be removed, hard dense wood should be
left. If your fingernail has trouble leaving a dent, it's good.

Pre soaking wood is a good idea.
Some wood like redwood, Bald cypress, northern swamp pine,
Eastern southern cedar etc are softer but the rot is generally
fairly obvious. 

Salt, bleach, peroxide, etc can be used to kill off any
organisms, a plastic 32 gal trash can makes a good place to soak
the piece etc. 

Mopani wood is semi desert wood, it's often too hard to allow
good attachment of Ferns/moss/Anubias etc. The softer woods are
better in this regard. The cedar has beautiful light red/brown

Tom Barr


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