Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 05-18-2012, 04:22 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Ld123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 270
Driftwood

What does driftwood do in a tank?
__________________

__________________
Ld123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2012, 04:51 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
OBEYtheFISH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Bridgetown
Posts: 1,194
Gives a tank a natural look
Releases tannins that can be beneficial to the tank & some fish
Great for plecostomus digest
Might be other things good but don't remember maybe some other folks will chip in
__________________

__________________
OBEYtheFISH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2012, 08:15 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
jcolon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Long Island NY
Posts: 3,470
Send a message via AIM to jcolon Send a message via Skype™ to jcolon
Quote:
Originally Posted by OBEYtheFISH View Post
Gives a tank a natural look
Releases tannins that can be beneficial to the tank & some fish
Great for plecostomus digest
Might be other things good but don't remember maybe some other folks will chip in
Yep ... + provides additional surfaces for BB, shelter for shy fish. Can help hide heaters, intakes etc. DW is a great natural addition to any tank.
__________________
75g Planted Barbs Denison, BlackRuby, Tiger, Albino Tiger, Green Tiger, Cherry, Gold, Checkered, Odessa.
NonBarbs Cardinal, Neon, RummyNose, Bloodfin Tetras, Z. Danios. 1RTS. Amano, Bamboo, Ghost & RCS. 20g Long Shrimp Tank RCS, Tiger, Amano.
jcolon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2012, 08:51 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
simplicitysarah's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Ohio
Posts: 265
Where do u guys recommend getting DW from?
__________________
simplicitysarah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2012, 09:17 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ejaramillo01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: South California
Posts: 2,288
Send a message via MSN to ejaramillo01
Quote:
Originally Posted by simplicitysarah
Where do u guys recommend getting DW from?
Your lfs or any big pet store chain... They all carry pieces of driftwood for aquariums.
__________________
=================================
Edgar
https://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...es-103339.html
ejaramillo01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2012, 09:36 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
sayan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: kolkata
Posts: 283
Or u can search it at ur local areas. Near fountains... under lake, or on low flooded land. But beware of some speciific woods which r not at all good for fishes. Best is to buy from ur lfs
__________________
sayan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2012, 10:12 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 22
It's worth noting that you should always boil anything (that isn't alive!) before adding it to your tank- or run it through a clean dishwasher without soap if it's too big to boil. This is doubly true for stuff you find laying around, but even items from very reputable fish stores can contain dormant fungi or bacteria- just think how many people have handled it between being harvested and ending up on the shelf.

Boiling will also remove some of the tannins from wood- lots of tannins will make your water look like tea unless you have activated carbon in your filter. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, mind, I quite like the 'black water' look for Discus and South American biotope tanks, but it's not to everyone's taste.
__________________
aptom203 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2012, 10:42 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Jess1ca's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Northern Michigan
Posts: 2,661
It will also lower your ph... I had to run a buffer after adding my dw.
__________________
Knowledge is power
Jess1ca is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2012, 08:37 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Ld123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 270
Would I need it in with endler guppies, platies, lamp eye and Corys?
__________________
Ld123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2012, 09:11 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Tetra1990's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Omaha Nebraska
Posts: 1,617
I recommend it for pretty much every freshwater tank. If your going for a natural look, it's a must.
__________________
Tetra1990 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2012, 11:13 AM   #11
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Duddits's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 472
I used dw in my tank and love the look and it seems the fish love it as well. My water did change to that tea stained looking water but doesn't look horrible. However, I do miss my crystal clear water I use to have
__________________
Duddits is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2012, 11:36 AM   #12
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
OBEYtheFISH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Bridgetown
Posts: 1,194
Quote:
Originally Posted by Duddits
I used dw in my tank and love the look and it seems the fish love it as well. My water did change to that tea stained looking water but doesn't look horrible. However, I do miss my crystal clear water I use to have
Eventually it'll stop releasing tannins & with PWCs you'll have crystal clear water once again (:
__________________
OBEYtheFISH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2012, 12:03 PM   #13
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ashleynicole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,787
I recommend malaysian driftwood or mopani wood, or a combination of both. They are self sinking and don't have to be anchored down. The malaysian releases more tannins.
__________________
ashleynicole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2012, 12:05 PM   #14
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
OBEYtheFISH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Bridgetown
Posts: 1,194
Or perhaps Manzanita? (:
__________________
OBEYtheFISH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2012, 12:19 PM   #15
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Knereim's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 93
I love the natural look in my tank but I do miss the clear water also. I boiled my Dw twice before adding it as I was scared of bacteria
Click image for larger version

Name:	ForumRunner_20120519_081557.jpg
Views:	89
Size:	61.0 KB
ID:	95590
__________________
Knereim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2012, 12:26 PM   #16
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Tetra1990's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Omaha Nebraska
Posts: 1,617
Quote:
Originally Posted by Knereim
I love the natural look in my tank but I do miss the clear water also. I boiled my Dw twice before adding it as I was scared of bacteria
I have a piece of mopani, it took a month of constant PWC's to finally get all the tannins out of my tank.
__________________
Tetra1990 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2012, 09:09 PM   #17
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
bobc4d's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: college station
Posts: 238
I just got my tank to cycle, would it be too early to add dw? should I give it a couple of weeks or months before adding the dw?
__________________
bobc4d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2012, 09:11 PM   #18
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Jess1ca's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Northern Michigan
Posts: 2,661
Quote:
Originally Posted by bobc4d
I just got my tank to cycle, would it be too early to add dw? should I give it a couple of weeks or months before adding the dw?
I added my mopani in the beginning of my cycle. The only issue I had was it dropped my ph .2, since I keep Cichlids I ran a buffer to correct it.
__________________
Knowledge is power
Jess1ca is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2012, 04:23 AM   #19
PC1
Aquarium Advice Freak




 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: So Cal.
Posts: 292
As a seller of driftwood I personally think the biggest advantage to having driftwood in your tank is making the environment more natural. Driftwood,plants and rocks are all things fish utilize in the natural environment. Anyone that has these things in their aquariums will be able to tell you that the majority of fish will use these items in one way or another. Places to breed, live, make there territory and hang out or even to loose a angry tank mate. Not to mention being eye pleasing as well. Other uses are some driftwoods can help lower ph while some rocks can help raise it. They both also provide more surface area for beneficial bacteria to grow.
__________________
AMAZING MANZANITA FOR SALE! BUY 2 GET 1 FREE!! Click on the banner below to see 100+ pieces.
PC1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2012, 02:37 PM   #20
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Jess1ca's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Northern Michigan
Posts: 2,661
Quote:
Originally Posted by PC1
As a seller of driftwood I personally think the biggest advantage to having driftwood in your tank is making the environment more natural. Driftwood,plants and rocks are all things fish utilize in the natural environment. Anyone that has these things in their aquariums will be able to tell you that the majority of fish will use these items in one way or another. Places to breed, live, make there territory and hang out or even to loose a angry tank mate. Not to mention being eye pleasing as well. Other uses are some driftwoods can help lower ph while some rocks can help raise it. They both also provide more surface area for beneficial bacteria to grow.
Perfectly put!
__________________

__________________
Knowledge is power
Jess1ca is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
drift, driftwood

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:42 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.