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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 3:18 pm Post subject: woods that can be used in tanks Reply with quote

 hey  guys.
 
 just  wanted  to  know  if  banyan  tree  and  mango  tree  branches  can  be  used  as  drift  woods.  
 
 if  no,  what  other  woods  can  be  used?  
 
 i  tried  to  google  it,  but  could  not  find  anything.  
 
 may  be  one  of  you  might  be  able  to  help  me.
 
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 4:12 pm Post subject: Re: woods that can be used in tanks Reply with quote

 NO.
 
 these  type  of  woods  are  called  DRIFTWOOD
 
 u  can  not  use  our  normal  trees  wood.  there  are  special  trees  which  wood  can  be  kept  in  water.  i  guess  these  type  of  wood  is  found  in  rivers  not  sure  though.  u  have  to  purchase  it  from  LFS,  u  will  find  such  woods  in  Kurla  (e)  shops  and  their  rates  are  also  reasonable.
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 5:30 pm Post subject: Re: woods that can be used in tanks Reply with quote

                                                   
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NO.
 
 these  type  of  woods  are  called  DRIFTWOOD
 
 u  can  not  use  our  normal  trees  wood.  there  are  special  trees  which  wood  can  be  kept  in  water.  i  guess  these  type  of  wood  is  found  in  rivers  not  sure  though.  u  have  to  purchase  it  from  LFS,  u  will  find  such  woods  in  Kurla  (e)  shops  and  their  rates  are  also  reasonable.                

 
 i  have  bought  the  driftwood  from  one  of  the  collection  trip  in  mumbai  held  on  18th  April  ......no  need  that   the  driftwood  should  be  from  LFS  .....and  the  driftwood  what  i  heard  from  many  members  is  of  coffee  plant  itself  ...
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 5:52 pm Post subject: Re: woods that can be used in tanks Reply with quote

 Hardwood  can  be  used  in  aquariums.
 
 You  dont  have  to  purchase  them  from  LFS,  these  do  not  grow  in  water.
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 11:37 pm Post subject: Re: woods that can be used in tanks Reply with quote

 Any  wood  that  has  been  drifting/floating/rotting  in  water  for  a  considerable  time  is  a  driftwood.  It  can  be  from  any  tree............
 All  that  is  needed  is,
 a)   it  should  have  leached  out  enough  so  that  it  does  not  fully  colour  the  water,  
 b)  It  should  sink  (  made  to  sink  )
 c)  Importantly  ,  it  should  look  beautiful  under  water....
 
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 11:44 pm Post subject: Re: woods that can be used in tanks Reply with quote

                                                   
Linelogic  wrote  (View  Post):                
Any  wood  that  has  been  drifting/floating/rotting  in  water  for  a  considerable  time  is  a  driftwood.  It  can  be  from  any  tree............
 Prabhu  M                

 
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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 12:42 am Post subject: Re: woods that can be used in tanks Reply with quote

                                                   
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just  wanted  to  know  if  banyan  tree  and  mango  tree  branches  can  be  used  as  drift  woods.                  

 
 You  can  use  both  of  them  in  your  tank  as  both  of  them  are  hardwood.  Get  rid  of  the  outer  skin.  Make  sure,  they  are  completely  dried.  Drop  them  in  water  and  let  them  leach  out  whatever  tanin  they  have.  After  that  use  them  in  your  tank.
 
 Try  searching  "Hardwood  trees  of  India".  You  will  get  the  list  of  the  trees  which  is  having  potential  of  being  your  aqua  decor.
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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 1:11 am Post subject: Re: woods that can be used in tanks Reply with quote

                                                   
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Drop  them  in  water  and  let  them  leach  out  whatever  tanin  they  have.  After  that  use  them  in  your  tank.                  

 
 To  elaborate  on  what  Tirtha  has  said:  you  will  need  to  soak  them  in  water,  boil  a  few  times  if  necessary-  this  will  accelerate  the  process  of  curing.  As  for  what  wood  to  use,  the  guidelines  on  what  is  Hard  wood  and  not  should  be  followed.
 
 Plenty  of  info  on  this  site  and  on  the  WWW.  Good  luck!   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 10:13 am Post subject: Re: woods that can be used in tanks Reply with quote

                                                   
polya  wrote  (View  Post):                

 just  wanted  to  know  if  banyan  tree  and  mango  tree  branches  can  be  used  as  drift  woods.  
 
 thanks  Smile                

 
 I  guess  its  a  NO  for  mango  tree,  even  though  its  a  hardwood  tree.
 
 People  like  me  had  bad  times  with  it,  few  others  were  killing  the  moss  tied  on  it.
 I  am  right  if  this  link  is  not  wrong  Thumb Up  
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=11204&highlight=mango
 
 Good  luck.
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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 11:52 am Post subject: Re: woods that can be used in tanks Reply with quote

 okay  guys.  got  it  :)
 
 will  not  experiment  with  mango.  
 
 actually  i  have  a  beautiful  branch  of  banyan  tree  outside  my  window.  so  got  the  idea  to  "make"  a  driftwood  out  of  it.
 
 so,  the  steps  are  -
 
 1.  remove  the  bark
 
 2.  dry  the  wood
 
 3.  put  them  in  water  for  a  few  (or  many)  months.  
 
 but  how  will  i  know  they  are  ready?  they  are  ready  after  they  sink?
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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 12:18 pm Post subject: Re: woods that can be used in tanks Reply with quote

 Polya[?  strange  name  Smile]
 
 Its  better  to  use  woods  of  tree  species  that  grow  close  to  river  or  shores.  
 Doubt  if  anyne  would  have  tried  Banyan,  you  might  be  the  first.
 
 Can  we  have  a  pic  to  see  how  beautiful  a  driftwood  can  be?  Very Happy  
 
 Thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 1:33 pm Post subject: Re: woods that can be used in tanks Reply with quote

 polya  is  my  nick  name  :P
 
 and  just  had  some  discussion  about  the  tree  with  my  dad.  and  he  said  its  not  banyan  tree  :O  
 
 its  an  almond  tree.  there  used  to  be  a  banyan  tree  there  a  few  years  back.  it  died  my  dad  said.  but  its  roots  or  whatever  they  are  called  Razz  are  still  hanging  down  from  the  almond  tree.  
 
 so  i  thought  its  banyan  tree  for  all  these  years  lol
 
 will  post  a  pic  soon.  my  camera  has  pathetic  zoom  so  i  am  not  able  to  capture  it.  but  will  do  something.
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