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Moo 09-11-2006 09:37 AM

Driftwood Sources?
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I know this has been posted atleast a million times, I seem to have a hard time finding the post though.
Can you guys post links to drift wood websites?
I've posted pics and links to pics of what I'm lookin for in driftwood.
Mabey you could post suggest for types?
I just want something that takes up a large portion of the left side of my 58 gal (36.5x18.5x20) and is really branchy with a good base.

any help?

- i tried the ADG shop..but couldn't find the link to their driftwood.

John N. 09-12-2006 02:40 PM

Moo you can find driftwood the pricier driftwood from our sponsor ADG,

Or you can refer to for some pieces

or you can refer to

I only have experience using the last one, which happens to be the exact same wood in the tank you linked above. See My Experience here.

-John N.

xcooperx 09-12-2006 04:10 PM

Nice wood ;) can i order a few pieces from them for my 29 Gal. or i need to buy a package.?

Jdinh04 09-12-2006 04:16 PM

I ordered a aquarium package from and i'm very thrilled with the pieces I got! They are amazing! ... the downside is you have to soak them for them to sink. It took me about a 1-2 weeks for my driftwood to sink. I recommend Manzanita for those branchy type pieces and ADA Black Wood if you want something thicker and darker.

eklikewhoa 09-12-2006 05:15 PM

Exoticfinds has some nice ones with pictures of the exact item and there's ebay as well

dstephens 09-12-2006 05:26 PM

I just recently bought a box of ADA old Blackwood from Aqua Forest in San Francisco. I called George Lo, one of 2 brothers that owns the store, I think? Anyway, these guys could not have been more gracious and willing to help on the phone and by sending photos of what they had in stock via email. I have bought from Jeff at ADG before and they are fantastic to work with. I don't know if they have the old blackwood in stock or not. They were out for a while. Anyway, if you call these guys up, they will hook you up with the ADA wood. Darrell

turtlehead 09-12-2006 05:34 PM

ADA has brachy driftwood too....

heyman 09-12-2006 06:46 PM

Yup , Ive ordered ADA black wood from both ADG and Aquaforest, they both provided excellent service with pics of thier wood selectionand prompt delivery esp. here in Hawaii. I think ADG is out of the wood. I guess for now youd have to check out Aquaforest for old blackwood.

xcooperx 09-12-2006 07:30 PM

Stephen how much it cost you for the woods?

cwlodarczyk 09-12-2006 07:39 PM

Cooper, if you know exactly what you want then let me know - I'm actually driving down to the location this Saturday to pick out some wood for my tank. If you have something specific in mind let me know and I'll try to pick it up.

xcooperx 09-12-2006 08:13 PM

thanks carl i'll PM you some Pic later

Moo 09-14-2006 06:34 AM it may be manzanita....but someone said before that to get a setup like that you have "glue" the pieces top a base?
is that very hard?

IUnknown 09-14-2006 07:55 AM

Here are the prices from aquaforest,


ADA driftwood pricing are as follow:

Small: $9.00 approx (5"~ 8")
Medium: $18.00 approx (9"~12")
Large: $28.00 approx (13"~15")
X-Large: $38.00 approx (16"~22")

itchy201 09-14-2006 12:23 PM

Does aquaforest have a website?

turtlehead 09-14-2006 01:39 PM

They do, but is has been saying "Coming Soon" for the past year or so now...

itchy201 09-15-2006 09:36 AM

Does anybody happen to know if they will ship to NY? And if they do does anybody have thier phone number? I been looking for the ADA driftwood but i cant seem to find any local sellers.

schaadrak 09-15-2006 09:42 AM

Ebay has some excellent pieces as well.

itchy201 09-15-2006 09:54 AM

I wish I could visit ebay at the moment. My home computer is dead at the moment and work blocks ebay. I would use my sidekick to go to ebay but I dont trust the security on the sidekicks internet connection.

dstephens 09-15-2006 10:32 AM

The email address for Aqua Forest is [email protected]
George and Steven Lo are the owners. If you send an email to them they will put together a quote with photos and pricing structure. Good Luck.

itchy201 09-15-2006 11:33 AM

Thanks for the info.

Moo 09-15-2006 01:05 PM

what size do you guys think I should look for if im trying to achieve the look I posted? ...because I'm seeing that most DW only gets about 20"+/- a few.

Moo 09-16-2006 09:05 AM

I still seem to be having a difficult time finding the driftwood link on the ADG site.

Moo 09-16-2006 09:07 AM

Also how do you go about using the manzanita wood?
Obviously the tanks I listed did not recieve the drift wood like that, they had to "assemble" several pieces. But how do you do that without seeing where they are attached.....which brings me to a good point. How do you attach them?

I plan on planting on the wood a bit...but not much.

schaadrak 09-16-2006 12:12 PM

Here's a link to how I'm attaching mine together. I'm still waiting to see how the glue holds up under water though.

Moo 09-16-2006 12:29 PM

So...essentially you find where you want to stick the pieces on a "base" then try to fit them as snugly as possible then drill and glue in it really that easy?

For the manzanita I would need a large ?burl? and some branchy pieces correct?

schaadrak 09-16-2006 12:44 PM

I actually either clamped or hot glued the pieces together first so that they didn't move while I drilled them. Try to ge a drill bit that is just slightly larger than your dowel, like 1/64" or 1/32". That way it moves about easier and you don't break any of the driftwood trying to cram the dowel in. And try to use more than one dowel per piece, it gives you greater stability and more gluing area.

It really was that easy. I would say minus glue curing time it took me a total of maybe a half hour from start to finish.

Moo 09-16-2006 03:42 PM I see the great flexability in "assembling" go get exactly what you want.
Sounds like manzanita is the way. heh.
Which is more popular sandblasted or the natural kind?

cwlodarczyk 09-16-2006 09:26 PM

You would want the sandblasted kind. Also, you can get burls with branchy pieces on them.

FWIW I just got back from my drive out to pick up my wood. Let me just says that Rich ( has some pieces that would be incredible in someones tank.

I need to soak the wood that I bought today, but I'll be posting photos once I get it in the tank. Keep an eye out for them.

turbomkt 09-16-2006 10:10 PM

I'm still torqued that I could make the trip with you, Carl.

For the others, sometimes the wood isn't even attached to other stuff (Just stuck in the substrate) or is only temporarily attached with whatever is at hand that won't affect water quality. This could be rubber bands, cotton thread, or whatever.

With these, of course, you will always risk disrupting things. :)

cwlodarczyk 09-16-2006 10:14 PM

Just thought I'd share....

Here are the pieces that I picked up today:

Flipped to the other side:

turbomkt 09-16-2006 10:49 PM

Great looking wood!

cwlodarczyk 09-16-2006 11:20 PM


Originally Posted by turbomkt
Great looking wood!

Hey... that's the same thing my girlfriend said... I guess she likes my wood too!


Cassie 09-16-2006 11:28 PM

it's very nice. how much did those pieces run, and how far was the drive? I'm thinking about getting some new pieces when I redo my tanks and I'm exploring the options

cwlodarczyk 09-17-2006 01:01 AM


Originally Posted by Cassie
it's very nice. how much did those pieces run, and how far was the drive? I'm thinking about getting some new pieces when I redo my tanks and I'm exploring the options

The good news: the cost was only about $30, and the piece at the bottom right is actually an extra that I picked up just because it was nice and I thought I'd be able to find somebody else who wants it.

The bad news: the place is in Borrego Springs, CA. From Garden Grove that's 150mi... each way.

frozenoak 09-17-2006 01:11 AM

That's a long drive. Did you have other buisness up there?

turbomkt 09-17-2006 01:28 AM

No...he just likes to drive! :twisted:

frozenoak 09-17-2006 01:41 AM

Not to steal the thread but does anybody know where I can get some cedar to use as driftwood?

cwlodarczyk 09-17-2006 01:50 AM


Originally Posted by turbomkt
No...he just likes to drive! :twisted:

Have free time, will travel!

For those that are interested I already intend to take another trip out there within the next few months for the purpose of bringing more of that wood this way. This may be a SCAPE fundraiser in the near future.

turbomkt 09-17-2006 02:02 AM

Field trip!!!

epicfish 09-17-2006 05:21 AM

That's a really good idea. Plant/wood auction as a fundraiser?

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