Driftwood, 100% natural woods perfect for furnishing freshwater aquariums; ideal for anchoring epiphytic plants.
The natural decorative woods in the aquarium are becoming more and more used over time and with the advance of the Aquascaping.
When you want to set up an aquarium with a mainly vegetative layout and with a high presence of woods (such as "Ryoboku" or "Driftwood" styles), it is good to know well about the aesthetic and chemical characteristics of the woods that will be inserted in since, due to the use of many pieces, they will inevitably affect the balance of the aquarium.
Manila woods (also known as Jati Wood) are among the most widely used types of wood in aquariology thanks to the high size / price ratio and to the specific weight that makes it a particularly heavy wood and immune to floatation.
The elongated and porous structure makes them ideal for Amazonian biotopes and for the attachment of Anubias, Ferns of Java and Bucephalandra.
The other side of the coin is a high release of humic and tannic acids, a release that also has a long service life so it is advisable to purge the wood very well in order to avoid changes in pH once inserted into the aquarium.