Explores Ways to Bring Nature to a Pet’s Habitat
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.
Real Thing or a Replica
on the needs of your pet and the look you wish to achieve, you can choose
between natural wood or replicas.
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
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.
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.
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.
to Source Wood for Aquariums
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
easier place to obtain natural wood would be a pet supplier, as the wood sold
there will have already undergone such processing.
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.
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
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.