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Old 10-27-2004, 03:24 AM
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Default Fixing a mistake

Ok. I made a huge mistake. I used grapevine wood in my greatfoam background. I already covered everything with cocofiber, then was told that the grapevine will mold and rot. Now what do I do? Is there anything I can do to prevent from having to startover?
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Old 10-27-2004, 03:26 AM
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It will take quite a while to "rot". I say leave it, it'll look cool as it ages. I had some on an aquarium that rotted, but that was constantly under water.
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Old 10-27-2004, 04:11 AM
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Well I plan on growing java moss in it, so mamybe it will cover it up a bit.
As long as it doesn't hurt the frogs, then I am cool with that.
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If you've already got the work into it, I would just try it. Maybee you can really crank the light into the tank and get the java moss to totally cover it, thus preventing the mold a little bit. Would be nice to still see the wood though, huh? If you're not in a hurry to get animals in there I would just try it and if it works, great. If not, the slimy rotten mess will just come out easier(if thats how it works)right?
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Old 10-27-2004, 06:39 AM
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I have grapevine wood in several of my vivs, and I actually prefer it now. Broms easily attach to it and the natural gnarls of the wood add character as well. I've had a very large piece in a tinc tank for over 2 years now, and it's still just as strong and sturdy as ever. This wood tends to mold a few times now and then when you first introduce it to a vivarium, but not to a point that it renders your viv unattractive. The mold is only present for a couple of days at a time anyway. I say give it a try!
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As Randy said, it grows mould for a while (brush it off), then stops.
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Old 10-28-2004, 04:15 AM
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I am also using 3 large pieces of grapevine in my 80 gallon vivarium. I was aware of the rotting problem before I decided to use it, but as AJ, Randy and Jared said, there are more up-sides to using this wood than a little mold.
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Old 10-28-2004, 04:33 AM
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Great! Well thanks everyone for encouraging words. I really appreciate it!
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