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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #351

At 03:48 PM 6/28/98 -0400, you wrote:
>Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 11:19:38 EDT
>From: IDMiamiBob at aol_com
>Subject: Re:Cedar
>Auggie writes:
>> >Is seasoned Cedar suitable for aquarium use?<snip>
>Richard answers:
>>  Do the fuzz test. Stick some in water for about a month. If it
>>  does not go white and fuzzy, it is ok.
>This won't work with cedar.  It gives off toxic aromatics that will kill the
>fish.  The fuzzy stuff won't grow either because of those same aromatics.
>Bob Dixon

Ceder and Cypress root can be found in old aquarium literature
as things to add to rainwater to stimulate spawning in problem

Of the six known species of Arbor vitae, two are native
to North America and the remainder grow in eastern
Asia. In Canada trees belonging to this genus are more
often called "Ceder" than arbor-vitae, but the true
Ceders belong to the genus Cedrus, of which there
are no species native to North America.

I've used the weed-like Thuja orientalis and also the
Eastern white ceder Thuja occidentalis with no problems
for years. They definitly do go "fuzzy" if they aren't seasoned
properly. If taken from a "Ceder swamp" they don't do this.

Richard J. Sexton
richard at aquaria_net
Bannockburn, Ontario, Canada                       +1 (613) 473 1719