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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-16-2014, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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I have a ton (well at least I thought I did... goes fast when setting up new tanks) of bogwood that I bought in the early-mid 90s in Seattle from The Fish Store. (really, thats the name!) Its very gnarled on one side and round on the other. Usually thick. Definitely a root wood. And very rich red brown. Some pieces have been in use for 20 years straight and still leech tannins. Closest thing I've seen down here by the Rose Bowl is African Mopani wood, except it is two-tone and very light colored. Haven't found a source for it online either. Definitely not driftwood.

Now for my question: Could it be Mopani wood? Are they bleaching Mopani wood nowadays? Anyone seen the reddish stuff or anything like it anywhere?
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Re: Bogwood

Could the wood have been local?Doug fir,cedar,MAYBE EVEN red wood?As lumber these species may be easy to recognise to a wood guy,but the roots would be another story for most I would think.




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Re: Bogwood

Hadn't thought of that. They were pretty cheap as I remember. Sink like a rock even if they haven't been in water in years. Maybe I should give them a call!

Not as red as redwood, but a nice chocolatey reddish brown.
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Re: Bogwood

Mopani is one of the woods that sink wet or dry.Not many "american" wood sinks when dry,but several from SA,like : ipe(knowm as "iron wood" because it doesn't float or burn),And some other Brazilian red woods.Again who would know what the roots look like.I'm actually looking to get some "coffee tree branches" for my 180.I found it in a bird section of one store and read that it is safe and very interesting looking.When the coffee "tree" doesn't produce enough they cut it down and it is very hard so they sell it to bird people.



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Re: Bogwood

I realised today that a lot of pet stores carry "grapevine roots"I'm not so sure they would sink(still thinking mopani),but they are very common in the trade.
They do say it rots eventually?
Manzanita is another favorite wood,but not usually cheap,and they say it does not leach tannins?
Wood can really make a tank!



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