Aquarium Driftwood – list of aquarium safe wood

You can then buy standard items in the store, but sometimes there are types of wood that you may want to try yourself, which you see in nature. Maybe you want something a little different, something more unique than what you can buy in the store. Or perhaps it just needs to be a lot of wood, and it won’t be affordable if you’re going to get it from the store.

In this article, I will try to explain to you which types of wood you can use from nature in your aquarium. Towards the end of this article, I will also say what is absolutely not possible and (this is no longer discussed in the video) what are some points of attention that you should definitely pay attention to when you start using wood from nature.
Because that is something that a lot of people really need, what they need, what they really want to try.

Before I start to list a number of types of wood, I am very curious; which types of wood have you ever tried from the wild, and what were your findings? What were you able to do with it? Did it take a long time? Do you still have it? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

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We’re going to start with the first. What can you get from nature and use it yourself in your aquarium:

Alder Tree

The first one that I absolutely want to mention, for various reasons, is alder wood.

The branches of the alder can certainly be used to process in the aquarium. You can simply cut it yourself, if you have an alder tree. You let it dry in such a way that all the sap comes out of the branches, and you can directly put it in your aquarium, including the alder plugs. The alder plugs will ensure that you get more blackwater.

It is not only extremely decorative to use alder plugs or alder branches. Admit it, it looks nice. It is also just a type of wood that can keep in your aquarium for a fairly long term.

Note, however, that if you are going to dump (do) a large amount of alder plugs into a small container, then I can guarantee you that blackwater will be an understatement. It really becomes jet black water, it almost becomes coffee.

Apple and/or Pear Tree

Something that a lot of people have somewhere nearby, or who knows, have in their own garden. You can just start using apple trees and pear trees for your aquarium. Of course, you have to let it dry for a long period of time. I’m not going to repeat it every time, because that applies to every branch. It also goes without saying that you should not pour (do) the fruits of the apple and pear trees, so the apples and pears, in your aquarium. That wouldn’t be great for your ecosystem.

Beech Tree

Branches of the beech tree can also be used in the aquarium. Very often they have such protrusions, which can make a very decorative, beautiful thing. Moreover, beech will also last a relatively long time in your aquarium. So beech is definitely an option that you can consider if you want to use branches from nature in your aquarium.

Birch Tree

Besides beech tree, we also have birch tree.
I personally think that this is a fantastic species to use in your aquarium, between all kinds of other branches, or in extremes with only birch. Why birch: birchbark is white, and you can really bring a lot of contrast with it in your aquarium. Birch is something very contrasting. It should also fit in your aquarium. If you are going for a blackwater aquarium, you should not put birch in it, because that would be, yes, a bit overkill as it were.

Cherry Tree

You can also use the branches of cherry tree, also here of course the comment: “no, the fruits, the cherries themselves are of course not allowed to throw in your aquarium”. Because of the fairly fine twigs of the cherry tree, or at least towards the ends, you can get very fine twigs, you can do very special things in the aquarium. So you can definitely start using cherry in the aquarium.

Hawthorn Tree

It is also such a nice piece of wood that you can use in your aquarium. Please note, do not put the fruits of it in your aquarium and let the wood dry out for an extremely long time, because those fruits are quite harmful, or it is even claimed that they can be toxic to your fish in some cases. So in other words, it’s possible, it’s allowed, but there’s a bit. So definitely pay attention when you would use it.

Maple Tree

The gray color of the maple can certainly also be used in our aquarium. And more specifically than, just like with the birch, to bring contrast in our aquarium. So if you want a little more contrast, but think your birch is just a bit too far-reaching. Then you can opt for maple, for example.

Keep in mind that maple branches rot very quickly, rot relatively quickly. The oak, on the other hand, something we are all familiar with, will take an extremely long time before it rots. So a very good match to start using oak in your aquarium, if you do not want to make any changes to your aquascape for a long period of time. On the other hand, you could of course start to say that oak is maybe, yes, a little, boring. It is quite simple piece of wood. But if it fits into your concept and you like it yourself, then you should really try it.

Don’t just prune branches

Now I have listed some trees and branches in which you can start using the branches or even the trunks in some cases in your aquarium. It is not the intention that you just cut down half a forest in the wild in the forest to process it in your aquarium. Take into account local legislation and the like. Rather just go and talk to a few aquarists: Who has an alder in their garden? Who has an oak tree in their garden that I can cut a twig from? So don’t go feathering (plucking/pruning?) entire forests just to get your aquarium set up.

I deliberately said; go prune. It is better not to use branches that are already on the ground. You never know what’s on it about parasites, animals, bacteria, or who knows which dogs or cats have urinated on it, or who knows what happened to that piece of wood. Better not to do it (pick up the ground). If you want to do (turnips) anyway, you can avoid a lot of problems by pouring boiling water over it. Don’t boil it, but rather just pour it over with water.

The best period to start taking branches is towards the winter side, because then the juices will flow through the wood less quickly and that way you will actually have less juices in your wood and you will have to dry it less long. The disadvantage of this is of course during the winter it will also dry less quickly. So that’s up for debate.

Painting branches or smearing with epoxy

Some people will say that you should paint your branches with epoxy resin, because then they rot much less quickly. It is indeed true that if you were to paint them with epoxy, they would rot much less quickly, because no water can get in. Any juices that are still present in it will not come out either, because it cannot get out. The only thing to comment on that is
1. you should try painting a branch with epoxy. There is a good chance that you will forget a spot and once there is a spot it can rot just as quickly as you would not put it in epoxy. That’s the first comment.

2. I have about epoxy: if you use natural elements, which is something you will look for in nature, then you might be better off just replacing your branches every x number of months up to a year.

For example, if you are going to throw alder plugs including branches into your aquarium, it will have rotted well after a few months. So keep in mind that you have to provide some extra branches if you are going to prune your alder during the winter months, for example.

I hope you got some inspiration from this article.

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