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I'm curious what types of wood from temperate regions people have tried in their tanks and what kind of experiences they had with them. Ive heard Oak works well, as do some maples but what else? I was thinking of trying some willow species, anyone done that?

Obviously we don't need to hear about conifers as it is unhealthy to put those in vivs with amphibians or reptiles.
 

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Cypress is always a solid option. Sycamore worked pretty well the one time I used it, but probably wouldn't hold up as long as cypress/mopani/malaysian/ghostwood etc

Manzanita also, if you'd consider the mountains in California temperate.
 

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I suppose I should have said temperate rainforest wood. I'm thinking along the lines of Maple, willow, dogwood, and possibly birch. Chances are the birch wouldn't last long, same goes for alder and cottonwood.

Things I can find locally. Works a lot better for finding the right looking pieces.
 

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Rhododendron, maple (thicker logs over thinner).


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black locust lasts just about forever. the old farm saying is that a black locust fencepole lasts 1 day longer than a rock. it is very rot resistant. on top of that it is a fast growing weed tree so no harm in taking out a few. if you go for them watch out for the thorns, they would have to be removed.
 

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Rhododendron, maple (thicker logs over thinner).


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To add some anedotal evidence... In one exhibit while I worked at the zoo, a 7 inch thick maple log half submerged in the water was still good after almost ten years.

I've had rhododendron last more than 4-5 years in some wet exhibits (thick stem and branch areas). They may have lasted longer but we moved some animals around so the branches were discarded.

Becareful with willow as it can easily root in the enclosure if it is still alive and the masses of shoots can be a pain in the neck..



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Pacific Rhododendron is protected so I cant get that, and I dont think my neighbors would like me cutting up their ornamentals ;)

Black Locust is good but I dont have access to it.

The Willow I'm using will either be baked or long dead. I'll try some of that and some large Vine Maple branches.
 

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Never would have thought to use Rhododendron. I know a few that need to pruned at my parent's, so looks like I'll be getting some free wood.

In general, is it a good idea to let freshly cut wood dry out before putting it into a tank?
 

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In general, is it a good idea to let freshly cut wood dry out before putting it into a tank?
It depends on the wood. I've use rhododendron both fresh and dried, I've used maple both ways and oak both ways frequently. Just some of the trees that can root more readily may be a better choice if done dry (for example willow).

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Ok, and thanks Ed.

Has anyone tried wisteria?
yes, it and bittersweet break down very quickly in a damp enviroment. I've tried a number of different vines collected locally and none have been satisfactory in damp enclosures.

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yes, it and bittersweet break down very quickly in a damp enviroment. I've tried a number of different vines collected locally and none have been satisfactory in damp enclosures.

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That's what I was afraid of. They would be perfect if they didn't break down really fast.
 

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black locust lasts just about forever. the old farm saying is that a black locust fencepole lasts 1 day longer than a rock. it is very rot resistant. on top of that it is a fast growing weed tree so no harm in taking out a few. if you go for them watch out for the thorns, they would have to be removed.
ooooh that never occurred to me... the parents' cabin has a few stands of the stuff a few hundred yards from the house. Time to procure a chainsaw, or a grenade, as I've heard how rough it is to cut through.
 

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Thanks again. I was hoping to use all real wood, but it seems I may have to settle for fake when it comes to vines.
Some of the sponsors like black jungle occasionally have vine like items that do persist well in the terraria so you can also look at thier terrariun decoration part to get ideas.

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