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Can I Use A Regular Tree Branch In My Aquarium?


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I have no idea what type of wood it is, but it seems to be the type which can be submerged in water. It fell off the tree and looks to be pretty decent. I've hand shaped it into a more interesting wooden branch. Anyway do you think I could use it for my aquarium as decoration.

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Chris

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Wood you pick up as oppose to aquarium sold wood is not really recommended for tank scaping, except for very experienced aquarium owners. It will need treating/scrubbing/soaking for days before adding. #1: It is really important to wash off any soil or organic matter. Soil is chock full of very dangerous microorganisms for fish. #2 : Tannin ( tannic acid) is an organic substance in all woods. It will leach into the water turning the water brown over time & also acidifying it. Wood thus has an overwhelming capacity to cause pH plunges which are deadly to fish. Using items from nature in your tank is a tricky thing that requires a lot of research and caution.

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