Is mango wood safe for aquarium use?

birbum

I have been wanting a new, BIG peace of driftwood for my aquarium, and I have been wondering if mango wood is safe for aquarium use.
 

BPSabelhaus

Hm,

Mango is a relative of poison ivy and contains urushiol oil (the irritant) in leaves etc….

No clue if it’s aquarium safe, I just know I’m allergic to it and love mango (fruit contains no urushiol, just the skin)
 

birbum

hmm, that's interesting. I will continue to wait for replies, and do some more research, but if I find nothing, then I might try it!
 

BPSabelhaus

Boiling etc… should make it inert, but no clue if it’s even a concern for fish.
 

birbum

I think its not a concern, because from my research, the wood is nearly as hard as oak, and contains no chemicals, and the urichiol is located mostly in the stem, fruit and skin of the mango, so i probably will try it! but thanks for telling me about the urichiol, or else I wouldn't have known!
 

TClare

As long as the wood is completely dead it should be fine.
 

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