10-27-2009, 04:27 PM
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Groveport, OH, USA (recently moved here from Texas)
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| | Re: Wood choice for the planted tank
I have used Mesquite (very rich dark color - BEAUTIFUL in my opinion) with no problems.
Also, Cedar is a proven winner in at least a couple NASH tanks...and is currently used in one of the Museum of Natural Science Piranha display tanks. As long as it's aged well, it is good-to-go.
Mopani (commonly sold for reptiles and some for aquariums) is also good, but rather thick/bulky for most aquascape situations. IME, it needs good boiling to leach out the "tea".
I'm not sure about Crepe Myrtle, but I would venture a guess that it's okay if it's aged well (like all the others). I know it is a weak wood structurally (breaks easily cmopared to other woods).