As a part of our ongoing Driftwood series, we wanted to cover driftwood collection as a means of providing driftwood habitat for your freshwater aquarium, terrarium, or paludarium.
The first consideration you should make when considering going on a driftwood collection trip is the rules in your local municipality. Driftwood collecting laws vary from place to place, so it is important to check with your local authorities. There are areas like state and federal parks where any type of collection is strictly forbidden. You should also consult with private landowners, particularly in areas where shorelines are shared.
Collecting driftwood is fun and easy. Bring along a basket or bucket to collect smaller pieces. A log sling can be very helpful if you plan to try and carry multiple medium sized pieces. Large pieces may require multiple people to dislodge your discovery.
The best pieces are dry. The more damp the wood is upon discovery, the quicker this piece is likely to decompose in your aquarium.
You may consider bringing along a small wood saw and an iron bar like a crowbar to assist you in dislodging a stubborn piece. It may also be helpful to bring along a pair of rubber boots or hip waders depending on your hardiness and enthusiasm.
Look for arches and forked pieces. Any piece that has a large burl or knot will be very aesthetically pleasing when placed in your aquarium underwater. Consider the size of the aquaria you are trying to aquascape. Your selections should fit comfortably within the walls of your home aquaria.
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