Grapewood instead of driftwood?

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I was at a LFS today and saw some awesome shapes of "Grapewood" I'm going to guess it is debarked grapevines. They were in the repitile section, I'll guess for the lizards to crawl on and bask. Thing was, it was about 1/4 the price of the driftwood, with much more appealing shapes. Anyone know anything about this stuff and if it's suitable for a freshwater tank?
 

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HI Magpie
I use grape vine in a lot of my projects. I would have to assume that kept in water its just going to deteriorate. So not sure how well it would work in an aquarium. I have to put grape vine in water to soak and make it pliable. That is why I think over time it would deteriorate.

` kate
 
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LOL, My tank didn't have a manual, or if it did, I lost it years ago. Thanks Kate, that's what I figured, but the only stupid question is the unasked one...
 

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Hey ! I hear ya! I love the grape vine and your right, they sure come in interesting shapes. Would be nice eh? ;D

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We use that exact product here with no ill effects,
 
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Oh really? Cool, I may have to go investigate a small piece and test it then.
 

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We probably have 20 pieces spread out among the tanks in the fishhouse.
 

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I would check with the pet store to see if they know if the grapewood has been treated with insecticide. I killed a bunch of shrimp with treated grapewood once.
Aside from that, I've had a problem with the stuff growing a fungus or bacterial bloom, but I'm guessing there was another factor in that (it was in a brackish tank, for example).
 
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Hmmm.... I'll have to go and see if the labels have a website or phone number on them, I'd almost be positive the clerks at Pet Supplies Plus wouldn't have a clue if it has been treated or not.
 

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We tested ours on feeder guppies for a few months before we added it to tanks containing rarer fish.
 

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Before you add it to a tank, I would throw it in a bucket of waterchanged water for about 48 hours and see how it affects the wood. See if it spouts any mystery stuff and see how much play you get from it... I would also test the water before and after to see how much the water chem changes, if at all, as well.... just to be safe!

Good luck!
 

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