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Questions about planted tank decor

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by NoLa24, Sep 21, 2018.

  1. NoLa24

    NoLa24 New Member

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    I recently set up my first planted aquarium, I intend to add shrimp eventually after its cycled and established. I'm curious as to wether or not petrified wood is ok to use as a decor piece? I soaked it in treated water for several days before adding to planted tank, but I'm wondering if this will be ok down the line when I add shrimp to the tank? I'm personally not a fan of driftwood but I would like at least one non-rock decor piece in there. Thanks in advance for any advice as I'm quite the novice regarding planted tanks/aquascaping

     
  2. fluttermoth

    fluttermoth The current Mrs Treguard ;)
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    I wouldn't use it.

    First of all, I should point out that petrified wood is a rock; it's a fossil. Many fossils dissolve in water, and many others contain minerals and heavy metals that would definitely not be safe in a fish tank, especially not one for shrimps.
     
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    Ok thanks, good to know
     
  4. Byron

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    I concur with fluttermoth. I do recall reading a while back somewhere that petrified wood will dissolve minerals. Real wood is beneficial and worth having; my tanks are loaded with chunks of wood and/or branches. I do collect branches but only trees like oak, maple, beech; my chunks are Malaysian Driftwood purchased from a fish store (it is also available online).
     

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