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Babul wood(Acacia nilotica)

 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 1:36 pm Post subject: Babul wood(Acacia nilotica) Reply with quote

 Hello  everyone...
 
 well,  yesterday  I  collected  some  heavy  pieces  of  Babul   wood(Acacia   nilotica).  What  I  was  wondering  is,  is  it  necessary  to  remove  the  bark?  cuz  it  is  giving  a  nice  texture  to  the  wood....  I  shall  remove  all  the  loose  pieces...  Any  help  would  be  greatly  appreciated.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 1:48 pm Post subject: Re: Babul wood(Acacia nilotica) Reply with quote

 IIRC,  the  bark  of  the  babul  tree  is  used  in  ayurvedic  remedies  (in  the  treatment  of  diarrhoea?).  It  may  be  better  to  remove  the  bark,  and  allow  the  wood  to  cure  thoroughly,  before  using  it  in  aquaria.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:39 pm Post subject: Re: Babul wood(Acacia nilotica) Reply with quote

 Hello  Humaid,
 from  were  you  have  collected  babul  wood,
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:44 pm Post subject: Re: Babul wood(Acacia nilotica) Reply with quote

 Thanks  man...
 
 will  remove  the  bark  n  cure  it...  but  the  bark  did  give  a  lovely  texture...   Crying or Very sad   shall  proceed  with  the  process  of  cureing  it  soon...
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:53 pm Post subject: Re: Babul wood(Acacia nilotica) Reply with quote

 Concentrations  of  various  tree  alkaloids  are  usually  the  highest  in  locations  under  the  bark,  and  they  would  tend  to  pollute  water.  
 
 Though  I  have  never  experimented  with  that  particular  wood,  I  personally  feel  the  bark  should  be  removed  and  the  wood  should  be  cured  thoroughly.  A  good  way  for  curing  is  to  boil  the  wood  twice  --  first  in  saline  water  and  then  in  pure  water,  each  time  left  overnight  to  cool  off.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 3:31 pm Post subject: Re: Babul wood(Acacia nilotica) Reply with quote

 @  ArnabPDas
 
 Thanks  a  lot.  will  defnitely  do  that...
 
 
 @  Puneri-fishwala
 
 I  got  the  wood  from  an  acquaintance's  farm  near  Garade.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 3:48 pm Post subject: Re: Babul wood(Acacia nilotica) Reply with quote

 I  have  processed  a  few  pieces  of  wood  for  my  tank.  And  yes  the  bark  and  all  loose  layers  have  to  be  removed  completely,  bark  texture  looks  good  outside  water  but,  its  not  a  good  sight  to  see  it  disintegratingand  rotting  in  you  tank.  
 Heres  my  thread...I  wrote  the  whole  procedure  for  preparing  wood  for  aquariums
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=8819&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
   
 and  my  tank  with  all  the  wood  I  have  made  myself(the  branches  are  of  babool  wood  and  in  the  end  you'll  find  some  roots  of  banyan  tree)
 
 
 This  is  a  recently  processed  piece,  I  guess  a  piece  of  banyan  root  its  about  16"  long
 
 
 I  have  a  few  more  under  preparation,  their  barks  are  removed,  fully  dried,  ready  to  be  soaked.
 This  piece  is  around  2'  long
 
 
 the  new  wood  compared  to  my  already  processed  wood
 
 
 Rest  of  the  pictures  can  be  found  here
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 3:56 pm Post subject: Re: Babul wood(Acacia nilotica) Reply with quote

 beautiful  shapes,  if  well  cured,  and  placed  appropriately,  looks  real  good....  good  luck....
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:32 pm Post subject: Re: Babul wood(Acacia nilotica) Reply with quote

 @Humaid,  Acacia  nilotica  A.K.A  Babool  A.K.A  Babla  is  one  of  the  easily  available  Hardwood  in  India.  You  can  use  them  in  Aquarium.  But  remove  the  bark.  Cause,  the  wood  will  not  rot  under  water  when  it  is  cured,  but  the  bark  will  rot  away  within  month.  These  roten  bark  will  spoil  the  water  as  well  as  will  leach  lots  of  alkaloids.  
 
 Remove  the  bark,  and  cure  the  wood  properly  before  adding  into  tank.  Make  sure  the  wood  is  completely  dried  otherwise  you  will  get  a  foul  smell  when  it  is  under  water  for  some  days.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:14 am Post subject: Re: Babul wood(Acacia nilotica) Reply with quote

 @Hamza,  so  much  wood  on  the  floor!  My  parents  would  throw  me  out  of  the  house  if  I  have  aquarium  stuff  lying  around.   Chuckle  
 
 
 A  general  question.  assuming  we  do  want  to  keep  the  bark,  is  there  any  alternative?  like  may  be  coat  it  with  some  varnish  or  something  so  that  we  can  still  have  the  natural  look,  with  the  bark  that  is,   but  keep  the  wood  from  leaching?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:31 am Post subject: Re: Babul wood(Acacia nilotica) Reply with quote

 Yes...
 Varnish  thing  has  been  tried  out  before  by  one  of  our  old  time  member.
 I  remember  there  was  a  thread  about  it  too.
 It  does  work  but  it  might  not  suit  if  you  have  a  pleco  in  the  tank  since  it  has  a  habit  of  chewing  up  on  the  wood.
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