A driftwood is a “Wood floating in or washed up by a body of water”. Fish love natural driftwood. As soon as the centerpiece is introduced into the aquarium the fish will go to the wood. Fish that normally stay close to the bottom will begin swimming in the middle and upper levels of the tank.
Natural driftwood pieces for aquarium use comes in various sizes and no two items are the same. These mangrove hardwood are usually found floating near Ocean shoreline south of Philippines. Cured by Ocean water for decades these are the perfect natural habitat for fish in your aquarium. Unlike other artificial driftwood which takes it shape from this natural driftwood we carry, this product has a natural color and perfect for saltwater applications where they are mostly found so ph levels of aquariums are still maintained.
Types of Driftwood
There are several driftwoods in use. Some types of driftwood mainly used:
Asian Driftwood: A favorite for aquariums & terrariums, they are self-sinking and will not discolor water.
Asian Driftwood (Small): These are the smallest Asian Driftwood pieces. Average between 5-9″.
Caribbean Driftwood: Gorgeous new stock. Lighter than Asian or Florida Driftwood. It has no tannins to it cannot discolor water. Smaller pieces may require mild boiling to sink. Tends to be very smooth. A favorite of Dart Frog and Terrarium enthusiasts.
Planted Driftwood: African driftwood pieces with java fern, java moss or Anubias nana growing atop. Absolutely beautiful! Buy a single, a trio or a six piece set.
Branchy: Gorgeous driftwood from the Florida coast, these are also self-sinking and will not foul your aquarium. They are by far the most attractive pieces of Aquarium Driftwood sold anywhere and also the most RARE. What you see is what you get.
Stump: More Gorgeous driftwood from the Florida coast. Very rare and unique. The piece you see is what you get.
Assortment Kits: Driftwood assortments ranging from 5-17″. These are not necessarily the exact pieces shown. Assortments are purchases sight unseen.
Driftwood has a tendency to leach out a little tannin, causing the water to be tinted a light brown color. Just like in the Amazon River. This will usually clear up in time after a few water changes. It’s no big deal. And some driftwood will cause a slight lowering of the pH. This is certainly no problem in a plant tank or in any tank inhabited by acid loving fish such as Angelfish, Tetras, and Barbs etc.
Without proper preparation of your driftwood and understanding the water requirements of your fish, driftwood can do more harm than good. But when properly prepared, driftwood can be a wonderful addition to your tank and make you look like an expert aquascaper!