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    I've been told if you can stick a finger nail into it and leave a mark then it is soft and will rot.

    But I agree that sadly you need to remove the bark, it may take away some of the character of the wood, but its better than harming your tank in the long run

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    So unfortunately upon further inspection I found that the wood on the right is pretty soft. In fact, many of the limbs can break off very easily and show signs of rot :(

    The one on the left is a bit harder, so I may try and utilize it, but in the mean time I have ordered some actual driftwood from a supplier in CA. They have a great reputation and offer some of the best prices I've seen. The new wood should be here Friday, I got a 12 piece set for $50 (including shipping).

    The good news is that I now know what I'm going for, and how I want to lead the viewers eye when I finalize the hardscape. I will post pictures of the new wood and different configurations when it arrives on Friday :)

    P.S. I bought the wood from
    I spoke with a representative this afternoon who was very respectful and happy to answer questions.

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    Piece on front right looks unnatural, placed instead of dropped

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    Yea, I moved that piece about 30 seconds after I took the picture lol. In the end I have to start over though, as the focal piece is rotted :(

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    Looks like you're gotten plenty of good advice so I'll only add: once you get it arranged the way you like it in your mock aquarium, make sure you take a photo of it so you'll remember how to place it because most likely you're going to have to soak the wood a long time to make it sink and stay there - unless you plan to attach it in some way.
    Can't wait to see photos as you progress.
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    Excellent, thanks fishmommie!

    If anyone has any hardscaping experience, how do you typically handle fake plants? What I mean is, to get the exact look you want, do you just have to wait until you put substrate, rocks and driftwood in the tank and then start placing plants until you get what you want? I was going to try hardscaping my plant setup as well, but it's difficult without having the substrate present.

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    So after disposing of the rotting wood that I found in the woods, I went ahead an ordered some actual Malaysian driftwood. It came in on Friday and I was able to do some quick hardscaping to get some ideas. Here is what I've come up with so far, let me know your thoughts!


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    Very nice! I like it.

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    Very nice start.
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    really cool. i love it when driftwood comes out of the surface of the water in a tank. once you establish this tank and the plants will begin to take over it's going to look awesome. got one word for you - MOSS
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