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Old 05-05-2014, 03:18 PM   #1 
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Driftwood questions

So maybe I'm just looking in the wrong places, but whenever I go to fish stores their driftwood is usually HUGE and has a huge price tag to go with it. I see some pictures of people with little pieces that fit nicely in smaller tanks (I have a 5.5 gal). But I also worry about fin damage with driftwood. Is there a certain type of wood I should be buying? Anyone know of where I can buy little pieces?
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Old 05-05-2014, 04:09 PM   #2 
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Hey there! I'm actually pretty new to using driftwood myself, but I've been doing some research and just bought my first piece last night. I got mine from eBay, a piece of malaysian driftwood, whose dimensions are 10x7x6in, for $25. The shipping was free. We'll see how it is once I get it in the mail. They have some smaller pieces that are around $20. The seller was betta-factory. I have a 5.5 gal too.

I've snooped around and it seems that malaysian, mopani, and manzanita are pretty good types of wood to use, but I have no experience myself, sorry.
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Old 05-05-2014, 04:17 PM   #3 
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+1 to majesticstorm. I've found that I like buying driftwood online because it can be cheaper. (although my local fish store sells small pieces by the pound.)
If you're worried about it tearing your beta's fins, then you can always sand down rough edges or cover them with rocks or plants or whatever.
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:15 PM   #4 
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Cholla works well, too and is softer. I have it in my aquarium. All you do is boil it, rinse in treated water and put in tank. Sometimes it takes a while for it to sink but you can weight it down.
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:46 PM   #5 
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I got bog wood from a local fish store.
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