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Thread: Driftwood Q

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    Hey everyone, I asked a friend of mine to pick up some driftwood for me when he went up to his cottage. He got me a couple of pieces that look great, but I'm not sure if it's a softwood or a hardwood. I know softwoods are not suitable for a tank, because of how quickly they break down, and other things like sap content. The thing is, I noticed a spongy spot on the largest piece, It's kind of like the rubber from a stiff sandle. None of the pieces are falling apart, it actually holds itself together quite well.I tried smelling it and it did not smell rotten or like an evergreen tree. Any help is well appreciated.

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    I heard hard wood won't dent/scratch from finger nail, while soft wood will.

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    Update: It's like Styrofoam, in terms of it's consistency.

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    Update: It's like Styrofoam, in terms of it's consistency.
    Its as soft as Styrofoam??? I wouldn't use it in that case.

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    Styrofoam, in the terms that when wet, and I press hard on it, it slowly returns to it's original shape.

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    So, when you finger nail scratch it, does it scratch or dent with your finger nail?

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    dent, not scratch, I think that makes it a softwood

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    Seems like it's a softer wood.

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    Yeah, that's too bad for that piece, because of this, I rendered most of my other pieces to be softwood. I know for a fact that one of the smallest pieces is a hardwood, it is impossible to scratch, and has no soft areas, it looks to be the end of a root.

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    Only thing with a softer wood, is it will deteriorate in the tank much faster.

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