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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:46 am Post subject: banyan tree as driftwood. Reply with quote

 Hi  experts.  I  am  looking  to  get  some  driftwood  and  one  of  the  most  abundant  trees  here  is  banyan...roots  as  well  as  branches  are  easily  available..is  it  suitable  for  aquarium?  If  yes..can  you  guide  me  how  to  cure  it..specially  since  its  monsoon  season..no  chance  of  naturally  drying  it..thank  you.!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:53 am Post subject: Re: banyan tree as driftwood. Reply with quote

 I  dont  know  about  Banyan  trees  ...  but  I  used  to  make  my  own  driftwood  with  mango  tree  wood  ...  This  is  what  I  would  do  ...
 
 Fill  borewell  water  in  my  pond
 use  stones  to  weigh  down  the  wood  ...
 after  a  week  remove  the  wood  and  pull  off  the  outer  bark
 let  the  wood  float  for  a  week
 once  again  weigh  it  down  ...
 the  wood  used  to  be  ready  within  a  month  ..
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:07 pm Post subject: Re: banyan tree as driftwood. Reply with quote

 Mangotree  is  softwood  they'll  rot  one  day  or  the  other  as  for  banyan  they're  hardwood  so  you  can  use  them  as  driftwood  for  the  curing  process  all  you've  to  do  is  weigh  it  down  with  some  stones  in  a  bucket  filled  with  salty  water  for  a  week.  That  should  cure  it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:32 pm Post subject: Re: banyan tree as driftwood. Reply with quote

 And  what  about  roots?  is  the  curing  method  same?  Do  i  need  to  use  Rock  salt  or  TATA  namak  will  do?  Also  once  cured  does  it  need  to  dried  completely  before  introducing  it  to  the  tank  or  can  i  just  transfer  it  from  the  salt  water  to  my  tank?  Thanks  a  lot  for  your  replies.!
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 @  Dabbu  -  Although  the  mango  tree  wood  is  soft  it  still  gives  you  years  of  service  mate  ...  and  no  scape  stays  the  same  forever   Very Happy  
 
 @Mrugank  -  If  you  have  hard  water  in  your  area  like  borewell  water,  it  will  work
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:01 pm Post subject: Re: banyan tree as driftwood. Reply with quote

 If  you  live  near  the  sea  or  an  estuary  try  getting  your  hands  on  some  Mangrove  wood,  I  think  it  is  the  best  and  will  look  cool  too.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:47 pm Post subject: Re: banyan tree as driftwood. Reply with quote

 Banyan  tree  and  most  of  the  trees  wood/roots  are  not  suitable  for  the  use  in  aquariums
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