View Full Version : Using Cedar as driftwod

06-20-2003, 03:44 PM
Can Cedar wood be used as decoration in a discus tank?


06-20-2003, 04:19 PM
I cant see why not! Cedar is used in applications where there is a lot of moisture because of its resistance to rotting. This resistance to rotting is aromatic plicatic acid. I do not know if this acid can or will leak into the water. Best to test or find out! ;)

06-20-2003, 05:58 PM
I wouldn't use Cedar because of the oils and acids in it. While great for shingles and decks, sustained submergence will cause problems with a closed aquatic environment. While aromatic to us the leech will wreak havoc with your fishes' gills and circulatory systems.

06-21-2003, 01:36 AM
Don't do it! I know someone that tried it a long time ago and all his fish died. I think the oils and other substances in the cedar burn the gills. The fish started breathing heavy almost at once and my friend tried doing a large water change and took the cedar out, but the damage was already done. The fish were dead the next day.

06-21-2003, 03:09 AM
I agree with Debbie!

If bugs don't like cedar then I doubt fish will like it...


06-24-2003, 02:03 AM
Yeah, stay clear.

06-24-2003, 09:09 AM
Yes, i figured as much. I know that cedar oils are toxic to most bugs. I'm sure would have the same effect on fish.


06-25-2003, 04:19 PM
If you have any family or friends in FL get em to collect some Cypress roots and root knees. I have used it with Discus and plants for a long time now with no trouble. The last time I didnt soak it or anything. Just weighted it down and put it in bark and all. No trouble at all. Smaller fish love to pick at the bark ;D

06-25-2003, 04:26 PM
hmmm...that's an idea. I'll be in Miami in two weeks. Not what Cypress tree looks like, tho.


06-25-2003, 06:11 PM
Do an image search on the web. ;D

06-25-2003, 06:35 PM
How you gunna fit that in your tank.............................. :o

06-25-2003, 08:17 PM
Haha! that would be cool!
You have to hunt out the sizes you want.