Re: [RML] Driftwood

Bjorn Straube (straube at
Sun, 02 Nov 1997 19:07:05 -0500

Hiya Roy,
I dunno, I'm not sure I'd be willing to put walnut in my aquarium.
Admititly your knowlege and expirience vastly outstrip my own :) As far
as it being found in water in nature, I suspect you are right. Somewhere
there is some walnut in a body of water (then again there probably is
some "blaze orange gravel" right beside it ;)), and I'm sure there could
be some fish in the water as well. But, I suspect, that the volume of
water can easily absorb any toxins released. The truth of the mater is
that I don't realy know if walnut will or won't harm fish even in a
closed system. None the less I won't recomend anything be put in an
aquarium that is known to be toxic (other than meds of course). I guess
the only way to find out for sure is to do it, but not with my fish ;)


Roy Hunter wrote:
> Wrong.... I have a big chunk that has been in my tank for a few years now. I
> even have a piece of iroko that is highly toxic to people (the dust) and it
> is just fine in the water. Just because you are allergic to the wood does
> not mean the fish are. Cedar (inland and western red) is another wood that
> people have a lot of problems with but it also does well in a fish tank but
> if you have pleco's it doesnt last very long.
> The western red turns the water a really nice reddish brown and the fish
> just love it.
> Speaking of pleco's some of them actually require driftwood in the diet to
> do well.
> Roy Hunter
> Co-Chairman
> ANGFA of North America
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