Twigs, branches.

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Ed Pursell

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Really crazy question, been in this hobby since late 70’s.. Was into the salt water and fresh tanks, for a few years and got back into it for a year or so. Love it, but question, been seeing so many nice tanks here with smaller branches, twigs in tanks now. I was used to the old driftwood pieces, but really like these smaller twig pieces of wood just for maybe a background piece. What is everyone using? I live in an are where branches and trees are around, what’s the proceeds of curing these and what type of tree is safe? What would I need to do? Where is everyone getting these from? Do you need to dry cuttings for a long time? Sorry for the dumb question, but might want to stick a piece in the back of my tank, something just to fill an open spot.
 

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I LOVE using Oak branches in my scapes.
In general, most hardwoods are ok to use in your tank.
Just make sure that they are fully dry.
Winter is a great time to get branches because the branches are easier to manage.
If the twigs are small, you can stick them in your oven for about 4 hours on low heat. They will dry out quickly.
 
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Thanks, we do have Oaks around, maybe I’ll search in the near future for a couple pieces and I’ll leave them dry for a few weeks. Thanks again…
 

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Thanks, we do have Oaks around, maybe I’ll search in the near future for a couple pieces and I’ll leave them dry for a few weeks. Thanks again…
Another thing is to make sure that you take it from a place where chemicals are not used. Roundup, etc.
 

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