Mopani Wood

Mopani Wood

Last summer, I bought two pieces of Mopani Wood for the 40 gallon acrylic aquarium. I had been looking at this driftwood online for a month or so and couldn't decide if I wanted a large piece or extra-large piece. I ended up buying the two large pieces you see in the video, from their discount shelf for a little over $5.

The colors of African Mopani root have made it a popular choice among aquarium and terrarium owners. It's black and tan colors spiral into unique and modeled formations. Some parts of this dense wood offer smooth surfaces, while others have very textured detail.

The great thing about Mopani wood is that it is a very dense wood. In fact it's one of the hardest and densest woods available for aquarium keepers. So why is this great? Because it sinks very easily without being weighed down or having to attach anything to it. This driftwood is also excellent at resisting rot.

To prepare this driftwood for my fish tank, I did soak it in a bucket of water for around three months. Basically, you want the tannins to clear out of the wood. I would change the water every week, until the water became almost clear. If you do use this driftwood, there usually is a little bit of color left in the water from the tannins; especially if you use a larger piece. I actually like the look. I think it makes the freshwater aquarium appear more natural.

I'm very happy with my new addition of Mopani wood to the aquarium, and I can tell the fish find it very interesting too.

If you are a lover of pleco fish, I definitely recommend this type of driftwood for them.

You can buy this wood below or check out my aquarium driftwood site.

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  1. i have lots of mopani roots for sale at better prise excluding delivery .am in Zimbabwe

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