Well, I decided I'd neglected my poor pleco long enough, in my attempts to find him a new home (what do you do with a "gift" fish...sigh).
So i decided I'd finally make him welcome in my little tank, and get him some driftwood. It was rainy (in seattle..go figure), so I decided to go to the much closer petco than the lfs
I prefer...I figured, how hard would it be to find a chunk of driftwood?
And sure enough, on a bottom shelf, I found some attached to pieces of slate. Just what I was looking for.
The fish dept associate came by at that moment, and asked if i needed help. I asked him if he thought the piece I'd picked out would work for my pleco. He said he'd never heard of putting driftwood in for plecos. His words were along the lines of "just give it the little wafer things, it doesn't need wood. Those smaller fish stores are always just trying to convince you of stuff. But if you want to, you can buy it, it's up to you". serious
Alls I gotta say is, thank goodness for the internet LOL