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Driftwood and aquaponics media 1 year 1 month ago #70122

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I just picked up some reptile driftwood and aquaponics media and have a few questions... Can I smash the aquaponics media and use it as a substrate, or is it not fish safe? The driftwood I got was reptile driftwood and I was wondering if I could use that as well. Thank you!
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Driftwood and aquaponics media 1 year 1 month ago #70126

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If you can get the aquaphonics media to Sink, certainly it can be used as substrate. If the wood is not any kind of pine, or is not "green", it can be used as well.
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Driftwood and aquaponics media 1 year 1 month ago #70127

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How wood I know if it is pine, and why would that be unsafe?
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Driftwood and aquaponics media 1 year 1 month ago #70129

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I'm fairly certain pine leaches unwanted things into the water like sap, and google says "produces aromatic phenols." Although, I have no idea what that means :lol: Pine is also a softer wood, so it will break down faster in your aquarium.

Was there any tags on the wood? Sometimes the type of wood will be on the tag.
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I think the tag fell off, but it might be in the bag. I will check later. Is there any way to tell what kind of wood it is without the tag?
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If you upload a picture you're more likely to get a answer for the wood type. If you purchased the wood from a local fish store, you might be able to bring back a small piece and see if they know what type of wood you have. Since the wood you purchased is for reptiles, it is also important to figure out if it has been sprayed with pesticides. The tag should tell you if it has been sprayed, you can also double check with your local fish store where you purchased the wood.

I really love wood. I might be able to help with an ID, but without a picture it's pretty much impossible. For reptile wood, I think Manopi and Grape vine are more common to find. Mopani does great in aquariums, Grape vine wood is iffy, but some say it is possible.

Information on Grape Vines for aquarium use:
www.fishlore.com/aquariumfishforum/threa...r-fish-tanks.115917/
www.fishlore.com/aquariumfishforum/threa...or-grape-wood.81374/

Image #1: Grape Vine Wood


Image #2: Mopani Wood
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Driftwood and aquaponics media 1 year 1 month ago #70134

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If your aquaponics media was used for growing plants using nutrients, I caution you against using it as the nutrients are likely to have left traces of toxic stuff in the media.
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