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Woodforaquariums.com Explores Ways to Bring Nature to a Pet’s Habitat

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woodforaquariums.com Explores Ways to Bring Nature to a Pet’s Habitat

Adding wood for aquariums? Wood will bring visual appeal as well as something for the fish to swim around or find shelter in. Or, if your aquarium houses semi-aquatic or terrestrial animals such as snakes, turtles or lizards, the wood can be used as a perch, for burrowing/nesting, or even as a rough surface against which to help shed skin.

The Real Thing or a Replica

Depending on the needs of your pet and the look you wish to achieve, you can choose between natural wood or replicas.
Real wood has advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is its environmental authenticity. You’re adding something that would likely occur in the creature’s own natural habitat. The wood can also be helpful in, for example, a fish habitat, as beneficial, nitrifying bacteria can colonize on the wood surface.
The disadvantage of real wood is that some woods can affect the health of your pet, so it’s a good idea to check with a pet supplier or online forum specific to the type of wood and your pet. For example, in fish tanks, driftwood can alter the water’s pH level, impacting fish types that prefer less acidic water.
Natural wood might also contain tannins. That brown or red color that naturally occurs in tea or red wine comes from tannins. So, there is the possibility that the wood tannins can leach into the tank water, creating discoloration.
Wood replicas allow for easy maintenance as they can usually just be washed up in warm water. They are durable and therefore significantly longer lasting. As a bonus, replicas come in a wide variety of looks, many very realistic. You won’t need to worry about how the replica will affect your pet’s environment, as replicas come in non-porous, non-toxic materials that will not break down.

Where to Source Wood for Aquariums

You’re walking along the beach and come across some driftwood that looks like it would be perfect for your pet. The last thing you want to do is immediately put that driftwood into your aquarium. The driftwood has to undergo long soaking, usually in hot water, to kill off any potential fungus or even tiny hitchhikers, such as snail eggs. You would also want to give the wood a good scrubbing to remove any bark or particulates, such as embedded dirt.
An easier place to obtain natural wood would be a pet supplier, as the wood sold there will have already undergone such processing.

Staying in Place

Natural wood will float. To keep the wood from doing this, you will need to saturate the wood with water. In other words, make it waterlogged.
Alternatively, pet suppliers carry natural ornamental wood that has a stone base, which will keep it from floating to the top of your fish tank. You can also consider a waterproof, non-toxic pet safe adhesive such as Flourish Glue to secure the wood to the bottom of the tank; it’ll help keep all your "aquascaping” in place.
With that bit of aquascaping, you’re adding something pleasing to your eye and something pleasing for your pet. With a bit of research and planning, wood for aquariums can help make your pet’s habitat a home.