White Birch in a tank??

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White Birch in a tank??

Postby Christie » Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:08 pm

Hello,
We have a white birch tree that needs to come down. I think some of the branches would look geat in my CA tank. Has anyone used it with the bark in a tank?
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Re: White Birch in a tank??

Postby Bas Pels » Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:26 am

Birch is a tree which, in summer, contains a lof of glucose in its veins - therefore if used fresh, it will contaminatte your water. However, it is spring, and if you cut those branches before the bulbs start growing, and put them into a vase (allowing them to use the glucose in the branches) you might stil be able to use them.

Further, the wood is very soft indeed - thus very vulnerable for decay. that does not make the wood unfit in all circumstances, but personally, I think you should only use it - a little - in case you have wood eating plecos in the tank (plural is intended)

but otherwise? I think you better not use it
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Re: White Birch in a tank??

Postby Christie » Sat Apr 17, 2010 5:13 pm

Thanks for the reply Bas.. Guess I will just stick to the wood I pull from grandpa's lake :D
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Re: White Birch in a tank??

Postby Bas Pels » Sun Apr 18, 2010 2:45 am

I would

But i aint got no grandpa anymore, and he certainly never had any lake :lol:
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