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  1. I'm in the process of rescaping my 20 gallon tall. I found this awesome piece of driftwood to use a few weeks back, and now I'm wondering what plants I should add to this aquarium. I might end up removing one of the sponge filters, not completely sure though. The tank is at the moment empty, but I will be adding a clown pleco to this aquarium somewhere down the road (not sure of what other inhabitants I'll include just yet). The light is just a Nicrew, fertilizers would of course be Easy Root Tabs and Easy Green. Substrate is just Caribsea's Sunset Gold sand. Low light plant recommendations are greatly welcome. 😊 bonus points for stocking suggestions too.
  2. Saw this and thought of the scaping community. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Natural-Driftwood-Stands-Character-Aquarium-Decor-Clean-/164596867210?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l6249&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0 I loved it but I have no place to put it.
  3. Oh my goodness everyone. Please learn from my nearly fatal mistake. I bought new driftwood to scape my 75 gallon and was using my established 29 gallon to get a head start on soaking the wood. Put two wood sections in last night. I only rinsed them lightly before adding them. This morning I noticed the water was very cloudy but didn't put too much thought into it. Wood has weird reaction in water sometimes, but I really never saw this before. Still didn't alarm me. Tonight after a super busy day working and doing a bunch of housework I looked at my 29 gallon and ALL MY FISH WERE FLOATING/GASPING at the top of the tank. 😱😱 I checked my filter and it was NOT RUNNING and their was a bacterial bloom so thick it was coating the "arms" of my Pearl Gourami. 😱🤢 My filter had been gunked up with it completely. (Granted I did really need to clean my prefilter sponge but it was running last night!!) I immediately removed the new wood, prefilter sponge, and filter floss to increase flow. I drained out 10 gallons and replaced it with fresh water. It took about 15 minutes to see the fish begin to recover. But they look normal now. 😐😔 I'm still worried as heck that there's been too much lack of oxygen for a few of them. This was my first experience with such a thing. Please be careful of sudden clarity issues when you add new wood to your tank and make sure you negate issues by being sure your filter is running well😬😬😬
  4. This post was originally dedicated to my 35 gallon hexagon that I refurbished but I have decided that it is now the journal for my MTS journey! I hope you all find my MTS entertaining or aspiring as I grow my aquarium addiction! So I acquired an old 35 gallon hexagon aquarium from a friend that had been sitting empty and unused for quite a few years. The tank leaked, the stand had mold or mildew in the wood and was just over all in pretty rough shape. I stripped all the old silicon out and resealed the tank. Sanded and painted the rims. Sanded and sealed the stand with Killz and then painted it black. I replaced the old hinges with new stainless ones and added a matching handle. The tank did not come with a lid so I made a custom one from a plexiglass. Got it all scaped up. Now I'm waiting on the fish to arrive. Let me know what you think!
  5. Hi Aquariast’s, I’m Daniel out of CA, I’m relatively new to the hobby! I started with a 5 gallon tank with a blue betta fish, Saff. Recently, due to illness (he ate some Neon Tetras),RIP, I decided to upgrade to a 10 gallon tank and dive into a planted nano aquarium. Researching, watching Co-Op videos on YouTube, there’s so much information to consume and start a journey into this hobby. My tank is only a week old and I’ve been working on testing the water parameters pretty consistently. I still have lots to learn and already have questions bubbling up in my mind. I added an image breakdown of my creatures but here’s some insights on the plants I’ve added / adding: - Pearl Weed, Dwarf Sagittaria, Scarlet Temple, Micro Sword, Duckweed, and Fairy Moss, Fissidens Rock, and 2 Moss Balls I also plan to add in the Honey Gourami after a few weeks to be my centerpiece fish in the nano aquarium. Looking forward to seeing this planted tank come to life! Pleasure to meet everyone! -Daniel
  6. Can I make my own driftwood from oak branches that I found on our land? I cleaned them up and am going to boil them, then sand any sharp or rough edges. Will this work or am I asking for problems when I set my tank up? Thanks for your help!
  7. Can we say score!!!!! I know most people boil tgere drift wood but what do you do if it's too big! Lol beautiful piece
  8. There has been pleanty have posts on this forum of the amazing deal they got on an amazing pecie of driftwood. Driftwood is very expensive, it can range anywhere from $20 to a few hundred. Some are able to find driftwood in creeks, ponds, rivers, where as other may find their driftwood in the their LFS or a nearby hobbyist. So what have been your amazing driftwood deals? I got this peice for $10 at my LFS. This was because the tag had fallen off so they didn't know how much to charge me. I'm assuming this would be around $30-40. I love how many nooks and cranys it has, its great for shimmying plants rhizomes into it like anubais, or buce.
  9. Found a great root on the on the river bank on my walk this morning. Heavy as heck, so I thought probably water logged, bonus. Took 3 of us to walk it home before I cut it. Good neighbours are priceless! Hacked it up, took a wire brush and hose to it, and voila I'm pretty impressed! Soaking in the tub, will dump in enough salt to kill and then pour some boiling water over. The LFS had same size pieces of imported wood and wanted $187 each for them, I'm pretty happy with mine and have never had any this large before. The creek was dry and I think it was washed ashore or someone pulled it in for me!
  10. Hi I would like to glue some wood together for my aqauirum what would be the best option I could try anyone help, thank you
  11. Me and my son went down to the creek today, him to do a little fishing, me to do a little driftwood hunting for the new 55 gallon:
  12. Hello! I have a planted tank that's been set up for about 2 months now (no fish yet, just bladder snails and assorted microfauna), and yesterday after doing a water change I noticed this black branch-like stuff that seems to be growing from my driftwood. It doesn't look like algae, so my best guess is it's a fungus? Does anyone know if this could be harmful?
  13. So I was wondering if anybody knew why my driftwood shed its skin.( I don’t know if it was even the bark it shed) and then turned this really ugly black color. I had it soaking in a tub outside for the past month to get the tannins out and it’s been really hot, soI don’t know if that has something to with it too. If anybody knows what the problems is thanks in advanced!😊
  14. So I have a question I think I already know the answer to, but we will see. I have some drift wood from the sea shore that was soaked in bleach water a few years ago and has been outside of the house since. My question is would that drift wood be safe to put in a aquarium after being soaked in just water to get it water logged
  15. How long should a 30 to 40 pound piece of wood need to soak before it sinks? I thought that with that weight I would not have to deal with the whole will not sink issue. So much for getting tank planted tonight.
  16. i got this driftwood for my 125g planted rainbowfish tank. 2 pieces are mopani and the other branchy one is mangrove root. My questions are is mangrove root safe to put in aquariums? Also how long would it take to get most of the tannins out of the pieces of mopani. The one on far left is over 20 inches tall and the middle one is a pretty thick piece of mopani. I can not boil them they are too big and heavy. I'm concerned about the tannins lowering my ph. My ph is 8.0-8.2 gh 12 kh 10. I know people use driftwood for softwater fish but every rainbow tank i see has driftwood in it. Thanks for any help
  17. Hey everyone! in my betta tank I have a wonderful peice of dirftwood. This wonerful pecie of driftwood also has lots of crevises to shimmy different rhizome species into. I have moved all my anubias from different tank and added them to the driftwood. Currently that makes it 4 anubias species on this driftwood. But I want more plants that are not anubias for this peice of wood. I was thinking some bucephalandra green wavy and godzilla, but there so expensive. I'm also planning on getting some java moss but that wont be for the next little while. So what are your suggestions for more plants? Ideally these plants would have some redish to them like the buce.
  18. I'm looking to create a native species only north american biotope tank with naturalistic hardscape materials. What types of hardwoods can I use safely to create this effect, and how can I prepare them to be used in the tank?
  19. So I realize there are plenty of methods to cure drift wood. Mostly we boil driftwood and soak it for a while. But I would like to ask about drift wood that's LARGE. So far even the largest driftwood I've used I was able to boil at least half of it, then flip and boil the second half; rinse and repeat. However, what about driftwood that's too large to boil? I currently have two pieces of driftwood about 3-4ft each and in shapes unfit for even my largest pot for boiling. For now I'm just soaking them in my 32gal trash bin which I use from time to time to prep source water. Now this wood came from my LFS as is most of my drift wood. The only outlier is some driftwood I found while on a fishing trip where it also was too large to boil, so I just hand washed it and rolled the dice. This new wood however I would like to do more than just soaking. Would boiling water and pouring it over the driftwood accomplish the same 'sterile' environment to kill off any pests (if any) compared to boiling it in a pot? If no, then is there a method to kill off pests (not bleach)? I'm really not worried about tannins, they go away over time and they don't do anything to my ph. While I'm really not worried about pests in the wood, I'm in no hurry to add this wood to my 72gal as I'm awaiting some new plants and want to re-scape when I have everything ready to go. Probably next week or the week after. Just wondering if anyone has any good methods for sterilization.
  20. Looking for ideas for keeping wood submerged. I've been soaking this for about two weeks and it's still not waterlogged. The last time I tried using it in my present 20 high I soaked it for a couple of months and it still floated. I'm wanting to attach Anubias Nana Petite to make it look like a deciduous tree.
  21. Can anyone identify this piece of driftwood I have?
  22. Hi all! Have a question. Was out at the beach (salt water) and found this AMAZING piece of driftwood. I’m a freshest tank gal, but was hoping I could use this piece sometime. Can I soak it? Months? What are your thoughts!
  23. Some years back I purchased a piece of Driftwood from my LFS and I had put it in a bucket with a lid with tap water to soak and after some life events it became forgotten. I'm wondering if using that driftwood in an aquarium is safe or should I add bleach or something else so it can be used? btw the water is very tea like in color lol go figure.
  24. Soooo what's the deal with using river water/rocks, driftwood, debris, silt, media for cycling??...I live on a nice river here in northern California.. Full of trout and a type of bluegill, also two fatty salmon runs a year and huge steelies! The water is good and clean. Been drinking it 30years..I waz at the river, fishing and waiting on my new 20gallon to cycle (done the normal way)and got to thinking...anyway I'm new so any info would be great stay healthy. Cw
  25. Hello everyone I recently (about 3 weeks ago) added new Ghostwood dirft wood to my tank and was very close to a perfect fit! But it kept floating. I said To my self I would just keep it in and let it soak... fast forward 3 weeks I can’t close my lid 🙈did it change size? Anyone experience this before? Or is it just me? Maybe it just shifted but I can’t close my lid.....
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