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Old 04-25-2009, 04:03 PM   #1
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Cedar driftwood bad??

Hey there! I have a question about a driftwood piece I got. I just found out it is Cedar. I've been soaking it and as I was scrubbing it with a wire brush I noticed the smell of cedar. Then I cut it the way I wanted it and it is indeed cedar. Can I place cedar into my tank?
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i would have to say no... ceder is a aromatic wood.. and im not sure the tannins from something such as that would be to good for a tank =/
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I wouldn't put it in. I have small rodents too, and cedar is bad for them. Cedar is also used to repel moths.
Animals don't seem to like cedar too much.
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If you can smell it, it is not safe to use. Some people said that well aged cedar (that with all sap & aromatic oils leeched out) is tank safe. That means you need to weather the wood for years. At any rate, if you smell cedar, it is not aged enough. <And personally, I wouldn't chance it, smell or no smell!>
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I'm not a freshwater guy, but I do know that cedar is used for roofs and such because of the natural oils and chemicals in the wood that repel most things that want to damage it. And a cedar roof can last 15 years and still retain those repellents. I wouldn't want that in my tank.
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best place to put that thing is next to your bed or in a drawer... if you like the smell of ceder that is =D
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