Spiderwood is one of the newer types of hardscape materials that have started popping up in aquascapes in the recent years. This is due to its unique “spider” like root system creating an undeniable characteristic versus other aquarium wood on the market.
Spiderwood can be used in nano aquariums and create a lot of hiding spots for fauna but it really shines in filling out some of the larger aquariums aquascapes that other driftwoods like Malaysian driftwood or Mopani can’t do.
There are a few cons about Spiderwood to make hobbyists aware of. First and foremost, Spiderwood is very buoyant. It can take a piece of driftwood a month to finally sink. But you can always prep your Spiderwood with soaking pieces for a week or even tying them to egg-crates, slabs, or rocks within the aquascape.
The second drawback is some fish like loricariids (ie: pleco’s and otocinclus) love to devour on Spiderwood. While oto’s can’t do too much damage to a branch, a full-size pleco can worn down a beautiful piece within a year. So plant carefully with what you are stocking in your aquascape.
Spiderwood varies widely in shape and sizes, from branches to stumps and everything in-between. You can find some interesting standalone pieces but incorporating multiple Spiderwood pieces together or connecting can create some of the most interesting aquascapes.
Aquascaping with Spiderwood
Spiderwood is used in all types of aquascaping – some hobbyists use Spiderwood to create mangroves whereas others use pieces to create miniature trees with attaching mosses to the branches. I’ve even seen a few people do floating abstract wood where the two far end branches hoist the driftwood off the substrate like a floating piece of art. Then adding multiple rhizome plants like Anubias or java ferns to create a greenery in the air. The Spiderwood is truly a very versatile piece of wood and can be used with limitless imagination.
All Spiderwood must be soaked for at least 72 hours in a bucket of warm water for sinking to occur. We recommend boiled water for the first water to sterilize the wood pieces before introducing to any aquarium. Replacing the water every 24 hours with additional warm water is ideal but not necessary.
Spiderwood rarely causes discoloration in an aquascape but if it does; perform a daily water change or add activated carbon to your filtration to remove the discoloration.
Spiderwood for sale
If you’re looking for Spiderwood for sale – you came to the right place. We have a wide selection of sizes right below that should fit perfectly for your aquarium. Please let us know if you need a specific size – We always try to our best to accommodate. Want to see our exclusive Spiderwood for sale? check down below for our Premium Spiderwood section.
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