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Zoo Med Reptile Mopani Wood

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  • Mopani Wood has been sandblasted clean and is ready to be added to your terrarium.
  • For use in aquariums, remember all natural wood leaches tannins, which discolor water and reduce pH levels.
  • Adding extra carbon to your aquarium filter can help remove any remaining discoloration.
  • This is an all Natural Item sizes may vary
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Product Description

Size: Medium

A beautiful two color African hardwood for aquariums or terrariums. Smooth surface, textured detail, and unique mottled color adds interest and enrichment to habitats. Use with plants to create the naturalistic" look. One of the hardest and densest woods available; sinks immediately in aquariums and unlike driftwood will not rot."

Product Details

Size: Medium
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 4.3 x 3.4 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000KH7RFE
  • Item model number: MWM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,032 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)

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Size: Medium Verified Purchase
Product review for MEDIUM size Mopani Driftwood.

I bought this wood for my 45G freshwater tank in my bedroom. The wood feels dense and heavy for its size; it sank immediately. The surfaces are very knotty and irregular with various protuberances, knobs, twists, and knots all over; one side a darker brown and the other side a lighter tan color. My piece is relatively flat, about 12x8x2 inches. I love this wood because it adds a nice natural look to my semi-planted tank. I bought the wood for my bristlenose pleco when he was less than an inch, and he pretty much grew up on it. Even months later, I will still see him on it gnawing on the various surfaces along with my Amano shrimps.

TANNINS:

Tannins will NOT harm your fish. Various tannin compounds are naturally found in many plants and freely leeched into ecosystems such as when trees die and fall into an adjacent river.

pH:

The tannins will lower your pH slightly, but not so much that it is a serious issue. Obviously, if you put a very large piece in a small tank, the pH drop will be more drastic and that may be a concern. In my 45G, the medium piece of wood lowered my pH from 7.2 to 7.0 after about 2 days (my water is slightly hard).

Water color:

This wood WILL leach and turn your water anywhere from light tan to almost light coffee, depending on the age of the wood, your tank water, water temperature, etc. There are a few ways to stop or mitigate this issue. The long way is to soak a new piece of wood in a bucket or something for a few weeks or until you see that it has stopped discoloring the water. I've read it took one person 6 MONTHS, so this way can be time consuming and impractical for those who wants to utilize the wood immediately.
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Product review for MEDIUM size Mopani Driftwood.

I bought this wood for my 45G freshwater tank in my bedroom. The wood feels dense and heavy for its size; it sank immediately. The surfaces are very knotty and irregular with various protuberances, knobs, twists, and knots all over; one side a darker brown and the other side a lighter tan color. My piece is relatively flat, about 12x8x2 inches. I love this wood because it adds a nice natural look to my semi-planted tank. I bought the wood for my bristlenose pleco when he was less than an inch, and he pretty much grew up on it. Even months later, I will still see him on it gnawing on the various surfaces along with my Amano shrimps.

TANNINS:

Tannins will NOT harm your fish. Various tannin compounds are naturally found in many plants and freely leeched into ecosystems such as when trees die and fall into an adjacent river.

pH:

The tannins will lower your pH slightly, but not so much that it is a serious issue. Obviously, if you put a very large piece in a small tank, the pH drop will be more drastic and that may be a concern. In my 45G, the medium piece of wood lowered my pH from 7.2 to 7.0 after about 2 days (my water is slightly hard).

Water color:

This wood WILL leach and turn your water anywhere from light tan to almost light coffee, depending on the age of the wood, your tank water, water temperature, etc. There are a few ways to stop or mitigate this issue. The long way is to soak a new piece of wood in a bucket or something for a few weeks or until you see that it has stopped discoloring the water. I've read it took one person 6 MONTHS, so this way can be time consuming and impractical for those who wants to utilize the wood immediately.
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By Powie on April 29, 2007
Size: Medium Verified Purchase
No local shops carry this wood, and after searching online for some for our two fish tanks we ran across these at a great price. They shipped quick, and are very nice looking in the tanks. Our pleco's love them, as well as the cat fish like to hide underneath them, after we propped one side up with some rocks.

To remove a lot of the tannin, clean the sink out, and place wood in sink. Boil water enough to cover the wood, let sit until water cools. Repeat this a few times until the water is mostly clear after cooling.
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Size: Medium Verified Purchase
I ordered the Zoo Med Mopani wood in size medium from Entirely Pets. It was supposed to be 10-12" long, but when it came it was 20" long! I will have to saw it in half to fit my tank. No fault on Entirely Pets part as the tag put there by Zoo Med said size medium. Since the photo that accompanies this item is always the same, I thought I'd tell you what mine looks like. It is orange tone on top and chocolate on the bottom. The width varies from 2 1/2" to 4" and the top is rounded with a flat, almost hollowed-out bottom. So, if you wanted to angle it across your aquarium from the top, you'd probably want to keep the back to the back of the tank. There is a nice knot at one end of the main root and two smaller roots crossing at the other. There are plenty of small holes and protuberances for fish, snails, and freshwater shrimp to explore for food.

I can't speak to the leaching part, because I haven't placed it in the tank yet.

Much, much later: boil the heck out of this for two hours and then soak for weeks to get the tannins mostly out or it will stain your water whiskey brown and maybe lower the pH a bit. If you have an open top aquaria and let some of the wood stick out you will notice that the wood in the water actually gets a lot less orange than that part sticking out of the water. Do not let wood stick out of water if you have a hood. The humidity causes fuzzy mold problems on the wood. Do not use in brackish water tanks as mine rotted within two weeks in one. It really stunk up the tank for weeks then (boggy smell).
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