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Old 09-28-2004, 11:53 PM   #1
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Native species tank again

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?
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wood in tank

I'm no expert, by any means... but wood rots, which is just like food or anything else rotting in the tank... I think it would create high levels of ammonia and nitrates. If it's treated (it probably is) it could contain toxic substances.

I wouldn't do it myself...
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