Manzanita Wood #12
Unique genuine Hardwood manzanita branches from the Western USA for aquarium decor, reptile terrariums, or parrot or other bird perches.
Popular for use in planted/aquascaped Freshwater Aquarium.
Generally Chemically neutral, although some pH drop may be observed without buffers
Sinks once saturated with water (tip: tie down with rock or wedge).
Already cleaned and pressure washed (but NOT sand-blasted), although further soaking is still advised, (see further information further down on this page)
Not recommended to take the place of superior tannin products such as Pillow Moss or Almond Leaves.
*Soaking each piece in water for 1-5 days before placing in aquarium is strongly recommended.
Brine/saltwater is best at about 1.025 specific gravity or 1/2 cup of salt per gallon. Follow this with a good rinsing with tap water. Plain rock salt or even marine salt mix is OK to use.
Boiling is another option (but our preferred method is with saltwater)
*The use of SeaChem Purigen is extremely effective for removal of "yellow" tannins (should this be desired, as these are not necessarily a problem in many specific aquarium environments).
*As a replacement for Peat, Indian Almond Leaves, etc., and/or if more pH reducing Tannins are needed/desired for specific aquarium environments;
These Driftwood Specimens can be cut into increasingly smaller pieces (even fibers) for more pH reducing surface OR simply to have more Driftwood specimens from one large driftwood specimen.
*If any fungus (white spots) develops on your Driftwood; we first recommend cutting this off, then either adding salt directly and letting it sit for a day OR BETTER adding full strength Potassium Permanganate to this area (not common with our driftwood, however this tip works for ANY driftwood bought elsewhere as well).
*Driftwood can lower your pH, so be aware of this when adding; DO NOT USE IN MARINE AQUARIUMS