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Wood in a marine tank

Discussion in 'Marine Archives' started by Dale W., Dec 6, 2002.

  1. Dale W.

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    Dangerdoll


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    just curious.....sister is planning on a saltwater setup and questioned Is it "ok" to have a wood structure in a saltwater aquarium? seems to me that it might be alright, but I'm not too "salt-savvy".....
    thanks for any help...



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    Toooloud


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    well it would work, but you are going to get rot, i mean nothing different from a freshwater.. now u will just have to watch what fish you get.. as they may rub agaist it.. in cases of gettin ICh, and by rubbing agiast it they could get splinters.


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    Boogiechillin
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    Not so sure about the splinters argument there, but I would be reluctant to use wood in a SW aquarium unless it was very seasoned, ie, unless it has been kept underwater in aquariums for some time already. Fresh wood is going to leach acidic tannins into the water, which will turn it somewhat yellow and depress the pH.


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    JohnMemorialHS


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    I heard wood can rot in saltwater, but I'm not sure, maybe someone can confirm that.


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    TriggerPuff


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    Wood will rot whether in salt water or in fresh water. Over time of course. I have to agree with the above on that it could mess up your water. Not a chance that I would want to take. If I were you I would stay away from using wood unless you absolutely have to.


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    slipknottin
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    i think using actual driftwood from the ocean would be fine. that wood is usually so dried up its not likely going to do anything. petrified wood would also probably be fine.
    you DONT want to use fresh wood from a bog or marsh.



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    gcvt


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    Many people struggle with keeping the pH high enough in their marine tanks as it is...aquarium driftwood would make this even more difficult. And, personally, I don't think wood will look natural in a marine tank.
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    Dangerdoll


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    Thanks for all the replies.... I mentioned to her the problems about thoroughly seasoning (persay) the wood and the chemical problems and went on to her about the wood not really fitting in to a SW set up, so that may have her thinking otherwise.... I will let her know of the potential problems mentioned here adding to what I've already told her and see if she will change her mind. Thanks for all the thoughts
     

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