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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:37 am Post subject: Guava Tree as Driftwood Reply with quote

 Guys  need  advice  fro  all  experts  out  here...
 
 Last  weekend  I  had  been  to  my  Native  village,  there  i  found  two  dead  dry  guava  trees  ready  to  fall  down  and  they  are  pretty  dry....
 they  have  nice  shapes  and  curls  needed  for  a  driftwood,  so  i  thought  can  a  branch  of  Guava  tree  be  used  as  driftwood  in  my  planted  tank
 
 For  testing  it  out  ,  i  brought  a  small(not  so  small)  branch  of  guava  tree  and  soaked  it  in  water  for  a  day  ,  there  was  only  a  bit  of  tannins  and  it  was  not  readily  sinking  at  first  
 after  one  day  i  boiled  the  wood  for  say  around  20mins  and  it  is  readily  sinking  and  no  more  tannins  are  being  released  so  far  
 
 So  experts  please  do  advice  if  i  can  keep  te  Guava  tree  branch  as  driftwood
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:22 am Post subject: Re: Guava Tree as Driftwood Reply with quote

 No  Problem  go  ahead...  The  only  thing  you  may  face  is  some  tanins  in  the  tank  but  your  fishes  will  like  it...As  long  as  they  are  not  chiclids
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:32 am Post subject: Re: Guava Tree as Driftwood Reply with quote

 @Jabba
 
 Thank  you   Very Happy  
 I  have  only  a  pair  of  Balloon  Rams  will  they  be  troubled  by  it
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 7:31 am Post subject: Re: Guava Tree as Driftwood Reply with quote

 Yes,  I  think  my  driftwood  also  is  a  Gauva  Tree...
 I  sold  this  tank  yesterday,  but  I  have  this  driftwood.  I'll  post  some  pics  later..
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:29 pm Post subject: Re: Guava Tree as Driftwood Reply with quote

 Hmmm  so  the   guava  tree  still  lives  up  to  its  name.  I  first  used  it  to  make  my  slingshot  (katty).   Chuckle
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:05 pm Post subject: Re: Guava Tree as Driftwood Reply with quote

 @Keluthi
 
 It  looks  like  your  Driftwood  is  a  root  of  guava  tree
 
 I'm  asking  about  the  branches  of  guava  tree  ,  can  it  be  used  as  driftwood  because  i  read  on  some  forum  that  only  roots  of  some  trees  can  be  used  as  driftwood  and  not  their  stems
 
 So  please  do  confirm  if  i  can  use  the  branch  of  guava  tree  as  driftwood  as  there  is  branch  which  can  be  used  to  immitate  a  tree  like  structure  within  my  tank   Very Happy  
 
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 Slingshots.....  I  also  used  to  make  slingshots  out  the  guava  tree  branches  as  a  kid...
 so  the  binding  continues...  this  time  may  be  as  a  driftwood....  Cheering
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:17 pm Post subject: Re: Guava Tree as Driftwood Reply with quote

 I  am  not  sure  if  we  can  use  branches  as  a  driftwood.  It  will  rot  eventually,  wont  it  ??
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:39 pm Post subject: Re: Guava Tree as Driftwood Reply with quote

 branches  no  matter  of  any  tree  can  be  used  but  it  will  take  months  to  cure  depending  upon  its  moisture  content
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:59 pm Post subject: Re: Guava Tree as Driftwood Reply with quote

 @ruchit  
 I'm  also  confused  about  the  same  thing  as  i  have  read  mixed  opinions  about  it  
 
 
 so  anyone  here  as  used  the  guava  tree  branches  as  driftwood  please  do  help  me  out
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:03 pm Post subject: Re: Guava Tree as Driftwood Reply with quote

 @Emmanuel
 
 the  tree  i'm  taking  about  is  fully  dry  from  almost  over  an  year  
 there  is  no  moisture  of  any  sort  
 and  as  i  have  mentioned  it  readily  sunk  into  water  after  just  soaking  for  a  day  and  boiling
 
 So  can  it  be  used  for  driftwood
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:32 pm Post subject: Re: Guava Tree as Driftwood Reply with quote

 I  recommend  bleach  it  once  for  5  minutes  and  boil  it  for  more  than  an  hour,.  the  driftwood  even  from  shops  has  to  be  boiled  for  an  hour  or  so,..  the  tanning  will  start  close  to  an  hour...  this  way  you  are  sure  for  use,..  and  cool  it  in  water  for  couple  of  hours.........  
 and  no  harm  in  using  branches  of  guava  tree,..
 
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:40 pm Post subject: Re: Guava Tree as Driftwood Reply with quote

 @Sunthar
 
 Thanks  will  do  boil  it  for  an  hour  and  will  check
 and  by  bleaching  means  using  of  the  regular  Bleaching  powder  which  are  sold  by  the  chemical  shops....???
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:51 pm Post subject: Re: Guava Tree as Driftwood Reply with quote

 The  reason  why  people  say  roots  are  good  for  driftwood  is  that  the  roots  gets  hardened  first  on  a  tree.
 This  is  the  reason  why  most  tree  roots  will  be  good  as  drift  wood  as  it  will  last  longer  in  water.
 When  it  comes  to  other  tree  parts  a  basic  check  you  can  do  it  take  a  metal  piece  or  a  rock  piece  and  try  to  pierce  it.
 The  extend  to  which  the  thing  pierces  will  have  a  quicker  rotting  rate....for  us  By  rotting  means  more  tannin  in  water.  So  as  long  as  the  branch  you  are  telling  is  hard  enough  it  is  good.....but  generally  the  branches  will  be  huge  and  only  the  center  part  will  be  hard  unlike  roots....For  guava  I  think  the  stick  will  also  be  very  hard  which  is  good  for  drift  wood
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:43 pm Post subject: Re: Guava Tree as Driftwood Reply with quote

 The  definition  of  driftwood  is  deadwood  floating  and  washed  on  the  shore.  They  are  remains  of  the  tree  in  whole  or  part.  So  it  doesn't  matter  if  its  branches  or  roots  that  you  use  as  long  as  its  dead.
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Driftwood
 
 All  you  need  to  do  is  make  sure  its  hardy  enough  and  not  brittle  before  adding  it  in  your  tank
 
 When  I  got  drift  wood  from  the  shop.  It  took  a  while  to  sink.  All  I  did  was  add  boiling  hot  water  to  the  bucket  every  day  changing  the  water  till  the  water  became  clear  and  it  had  sunk.  Initially  you  will  have  to  keep  some  weight  on  it  so  that  it  stays  submerged
 
 Edit  :  Forgot  one  more  thing.  You  will  need  to  brush  and  brush  and  brush  it  till  the  loose  layer  bark  wood  comes  off.  I  remember  doing  this  to  my  driftwood.  After  this  and  the  soaking  in  hot  water  its  good  to  go  and  one  more  thing  if  you  get  drift  wood  with  many  holes  in  it.  GRAB  IT.  That's  the  best  one  for  a  shrimp  tank  because  they  will  breed  and  all  the  shrimp  frys  take  refuge  in  those  holes.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:53 pm Post subject: Re: Guava Tree as Driftwood Reply with quote

 Guava  can  be  used  as  decor  for  aquariums.  Just  keep  a  few  things  in  mind:
 
 No  matter  how  long  a  tree  has  been  dead,  if  it  is  still  standing  there  will  always  be  some  amount  of  moisture/sap.  What  I  mean  is,  if  the  tree  is  still  standing,  you  have  to  cut  the  part  you  want  &  dry  it  out  in  the  sun  for  a  period  of  time.  I  would  bet  on  about  8  to  10  weeks.  if  you  boil  the  wood  without  drying  it  in  the  sun,  it  will  start  cooking,  and  that  will  not  be  very  desirable.  On  the  other  hand,  if  the  tree  has  been  chopped  down  &  has  been  lying  around  for  approximately  that  same  period  of  time,  you  can  cut  the  part  you  want  &  start  boiling  it.
 
 Guava  tree  is  quite  a  hard  wood  tree.  This  same  property  is  both  an  advantage  &  a  disadvantage.  Advantage  is  that  it  does  not  leach  as  much  tannins  as  some  others,  so  your  curing  time  is  quite  less.  On  the  other  hand  it  takes  its  own  sweet  time  to  sink,  on  its  own  that  is.  However  you  could  boil  it  for  longer  to  make  it  sink  quicker  (not  necessarily  to  get  rid  of  tannins).
 
 Other  processes  are  also  necessary...  bleach  bath,  PP  bath  etc.  to  get  rid  of  unwanted  organisms.
 
 Anyway  dude...  bottomline  is...  Go  ahead  &  use  it.  No  problem!   Cheering
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