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Re: [APD] Driftwood - Hardwood

Always best to test unknown woods. Even other trees don't like to grow in soil with the roots of certain walnuts. Haven't tested whether it affects aquatic plants, but it wouldn't surprise me.
Otoh, if you do large weekly water changes, the aleopathic chems aren't likely to build up too much in the water. So throw some plant cuttings into the bucket when you add the feeders. ;-)

----- Original Message ----
From: SteveII <steve_wilsonii at bellsouth_net>
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2006 5:54:58 PM
Subject: Re: [APD] Driftwood - Hardwood

I collect and share driftwood that I collect. My favorite collection site is
on the NC-SC line on the intercoastal water way. The branches or whole trees
that fall are subject to the rise and fall of the tide, but are stuck there
due to the very dense reeds and grasses. The only wood I collect there is
the water oak, due to its complete willingness to sink and the beautiful
lines it posesses. The only other kind of tree in that area is cedar, but
none of the cedar is where the tide would weather it, which is peculiar to

I have not been willing to use some beutiful pieces of driftwood that I
collected from a river here in Alabama. They just dont feel dense enough to
me, and I have no idea what kind of wood it is. I did use a piece of wood
back in the beginning of my planted tank hobby and that was a root ball of a
pine tree. It did kill off a tank full of mollies in just a couple of days.
Of course I knew it had something to do with the wood, but I didnt really
care enough to look into it any further. I tossed the wood.

Thats just my experiece with wild wood.


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