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Old 09-19-2012, 06:53 PM   #1 
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what can i use instead of driftwood?

Was looking to start a 55gal with sand. Planned to make all of my live plants stuck or tied to driftwood. I see mopani wood from petco is near $50 for a large piece. I'd probably need more then one.

What are some inexpensive options to tie down plants to. I'm thinking that if I am successful you will not be able to see the anchor after the plants grow. I was thinking maybe I could buy PVC pipes and drill holes in them? I don't know. Anyone with ideas? Ill probably buy one piece of mopani for the tannins.
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:00 PM   #2 
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I collect my own hardwood from my forest.....I look for as naturally dry and debarked as I can find. I scrub it, use a spoon on the soft spots and dig out-Some I will leave outside in a bucket of water until water logged and some I have tied/taped large rock to so they will stay underwater.

You can tie plants to just about anything.....get creative.....I like the PVC idea....just make sure it is for water and not sewage since it might contain the antifungal/mold stuff that can kill fish
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:17 PM   #3 
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Do you think I could walk down the beach and use any driftwood I find or is there a danger of using a poisonous wood?

Is there such a thing as poison driftwood?
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I think some wood has sap and what not that can harm fish.
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If it is totally dried it usually will be fine....but you do want to avoid cedar, pine, asp type wood and some vines due to the sap that can ooze forever. You want hardwoods...
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