20 gallon driftwood suggestions

PeterFishKeepin

This will be my first time with driftwood,

I have a 20 gallon community tank and have a bristlenose pleco which I want to try some driftwood for

I don't know what commonly available driftwood that isn't to big would be good, I don't want tannins in the water

How do I make sure my water doesn't go brown and hoe to treat the driftwood for tannins

Also I want a driftwood that does break down to easily I know that some last a year or two then start to fall apart while others can survive for 5 or so year

All help is greatly appreciated
My pleco
 

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Cue

Spiderwood! It grows in some really cools ways and it has a nice deep color. Mine has lasted 2 years with no decay whatsoever and my fish love hiding under and inbetween it.
 

airdog44

Spiderwood! It grows in some really cools ways and it has a nice deep color. Mine has lasted 2 years with no decay whatsoever and my fish love hiding under and inbetween it.
I agree! I have spider wood and soaked it in a bucket for a couple of days and have never had any tannins. It's great, it doesn't decay and looks super natural and pretty.
 

PeterFishKeepin

Thanks I have seen spiderwood at my lfs, do you think boiling it will help release tannins. Help it become water logged?

Also I'm not sure spiderwood suits my tank any other suggestions below is a photo of my tank
 

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NearMeBettas

Spider wood, I'd definitely recommend. I just put mine in the tank with something heavy like a rock on it to stop from floating. Was able to remove within a few days differing on size of wood. I had no problems with tannins. I think it would look good in your tank ascetic. You can post/buy in the BSTF forum after you reach 50 post. If you don't purchase from your LPS, I recommend Mcasella. They have a variety of spider wood, that's where I got mine from. Love your tank btw.
 

airdog44

Thanks I have seen spiderwood at my lfs, do you think boiling it will help release tannins. Help it become water logged?

Also I'm not sure spiderwood suits my tank any other suggestions below is a photo of my tank
Maybe some malaysian drift wood? That releases tannins tho I think
 

NearMeBettas

Maybe some malaysian drift wood? That releases tannins tho I think
Ya, I will release tannins thus also lowering the pH. You can give it a good soak first though and that should release most of the tannins.
 

StarGirl

I have Manzanita drift wood that doesnt release tannins that I have noticed. Just stay away from Mopani wood for sure. That has loads of tannins.
 

PeterFishKeepin

Thanks for all your replies I will just go with spiderwood,
Spider wood, I'd definitely recommend. I just put mine in the tank with something heavy like a rock on it to stop from floating. Was able to remove within a few days differing on size of wood. I had no problems with tannins. I think it would look good in your tank ascetic. You can post/buy in the BSTF forum after you reach 50 post. If you don't purchase from your LPS, I recommend Mcasella. They have a variety of spider wood, that's where I got mine from. Love your tank btw.
Thanks I think it looks pretty good but would love some wood in there
 

applejax

You can boil a lot of the tannins out and Seachem Purigen will also help soak them up. Definitely get some driftwood for that bristlenose, they love it (and need it)!
 

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