I kinda mentioned this the other night and got a couple of responses to it.
I am looking into setting up a native species tank using seagrasses, invertebrates, and fish from the local area (Corpus Christi Bay system). The two little spotfins I have in my tank now (from Aransas Bay) seem to be doing fine. I removed the pinfish and the largest of the spotfins.
Anyway, this is all building up to something. I mentioned using a piece of wood piling section in the tank. I am looking for the wood all over the place. I hope to find one that has been underwater for quite sometime and is coated with all sorts of barnacles and mussels. The trouble is curing the thing. I don't want to kill off those barnacles and mussels and baking them in the sun for a week or so will definitely do that. The barnacles I currently have are really cool when they are feeding.
Anyone got any ideas? Could I use the wood piling as a part of my LR
weight total if it were sufficiently colonized?