11-18-2009, 02:30 PM
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Wylie, Tx
| | Re: Wood choice for the planted tank
This is a good thread!
I might be able to offer a little insight about some of the woods you have listed. Keep in mind that most of the wood that I use is not totally submersed, but it is in very high humid environments.
You will want to stay away from soft woods, therefore grapewood/grapevine is not a good choice, they rot VERY quickly.
Cypress is ok to use, but in my experience it does not hold up well. All of the cypress if have found has been aged (AKA cypress driftwood) and is very buoyant.
I would stay away from cedar/pine this is where turpentine comes from.
Manzanita is good to use, it is a very hard wood. I also use the manzanita root burls.
Mopani/Swahala are very good to use.
Malaysian driftwood is very good to use, although I do not know what type of wood it actually is. We order in bulk and our distributor offers to different 'grades' of the Malaysian, they have the aquarium grade and a reptile grade. The reptile grade is not as heavy or dense as the aquarium grade and it will float. And as Dave mentioned, it will leach tannins.
Oak is a good choice.
Buttonwood is also good.
I have heard of people using Osage Orange aka Bodark.
I have been wanting to try Mesquite, just haven't found the 'right' piece.
Chola wood, did you mean Cholla? If so, Cholla is not really a 'wood', but the skeletal remains of cactus.
As for the other woods mentioned, I can't say one way or the other.