Zoo Med Mopani Wood Aquarium Decor

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About This Item

  • Naturally grown hardwood features a smooth surface, textured detail, and unique mottled color.
  • Exotic and all natural accent piece sinks in aquariums and looks great with other enclosure décor.
  • Adds interest and appeal and makes for an enriching environment for aquarium or terrarium pals.
  • Perfect accessory for aquariums or terrariums to complement any naturalistic look.
  • It contains no artificial colors or synthetic resins and is available in two sizes to meet your needs.
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Fish TypeTropical Freshwater, Betta, Cichlid, Goldfish, Marine FishTropical FreshwaterTropical Freshwater, Betta, Cichlid, Goldfish, Marine FishBettaBetta
Aquarium TypeFreshwater, SaltwaterFreshwaterFreshwater, SaltwaterFreshwater, SaltwaterFreshwater, Saltwater
MaterialWoodWoodCeramicWood

Questions & Answers

27 Customer Questions


Does this kind bleed in your tank
Answer by ChewyOct 02, 2019
All natural wood leaches tannins (these are good for your fish), which discolor water and reduce pH levels. To minimize this effect, soak wood in a separate container, and change water daily to remove excess tannins. The wood will be ready when the water color goes from dark brown to a very light. Adding extra carbon to your aquarium filter can help remove any remaining discoloration.

Is this suitable for hermit crabs?
Answer by ChewyJan 02, 2018
This Mopani Wood is suitable for a Hermit Crab's habitat.

Does this wood rot in water after a period of time because most wood does?
Answer by ChewyNov 07, 2019
This African hardwood is specially selected for their natural ability to stay intact underwater and in highly humid conditions. While this item is a natural product that may eventually break down, pet parents using Mopani wood in their aquariums have reported owning their pieces for many years.

Which size is recommended for a 20 gallon aquarium?
Answer by ChewySep 03, 2018
We recommend measuring the space you'd like to use the wood piece in as well as consider what type of pet you will use it for, to determine the best size for your specific tank. The Small measures 6-8 inches and the Medium is 10-12 inches.


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308 Customer Reviews



Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Cancan on Jul 4, 2022

It’s okay.

I’m not happy with the look of my medium, it’s pretty much a flat branch. But I did purchase 2 small ones from the same brand elsewhere and was happy with them. The first mistake most people seem to be making here is that their just rinsing the wood. I boiled it 4 times and let it soak in the hot water for 2 days, then I boiled it 1 more time after I sanded the sharper parts with my Dremel sander (it’s going in a betta tank) and put it in ice water instantly to seal the tannins in, then I soaked it in room temp water overnight and added it to my tank, it has not changed the water color at all.


Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Sammy05 on Jun 29, 2022

great pieces but must boil & soak!

I hit 2 medium pieces for my 20g and they are pretty big. I might have to find smaller pieces. I booked both for an hour then empty then boil again about 3 times and then left it soaking for 3 weeks. The tannins still leach but not as bad. Keep soaking until the weed looks lighter in color instead of the dark brown/red color. It’s a long process might try to find something else.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By VRyan on Jul 14, 2022

Love This Piece

This is one of two pieces of driftwood in my 40 gallon cichlid tank. Tannin leeching takes about a month to clear completely but those tannins are good for my fish so no complaints here. They are beautiful and breake down VERY slowly so I shouldn't have to replace them for several years.


Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Todd on Jun 1, 2022

Infinitie supply of tannins!

Rinsed it and placed in tank. (MISTAKE). Two hours later the water was as dark as iced tea. Removed it, noticed the instructions buried on the label indicating to soak it. So I did. All day. Brown water. Changed water. Soaked again. Brown water. It is now day 6 of soaking in cold water in a bucket and the water is still straw-colored. Its a white plastic bucket, so I don't know where the brown bleed is coming from. But this is preposterous. Who in the world sells wood for a fish tank that requires a week of prep? Nonesense.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Sureee on May 7, 2022

Pretty cool

I bought this for my red eared slider’s aquarium. I recommend completely submerging the piece in a bucket of water and replacing the water every day for AT LEAST one week before putting in your aquarium. Which is kind of annoying but worth it! You don’t want it to dirty your water and when you go to replace the bucket water, you’ll see what I mean. Anyway, this thing is pretty cool my turtle loves it!


Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By farmall9412 on Jun 7, 2022

wouldn’t recommend

Bought for my 10 gal tank. Rinsed and soaked to clean prior however it didn’t matter. Even after multiple water changes it would continue to make my tank a dark tea color. Incredibly disappointed! I resorted to returning the previous features.


Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Katelyn on May 12, 2022

Not sure what’s wrong with it

It looks beautiful BUT I’m not sure what I did wrong. I put it in a bucket and rinsed it and put it in new water like it says till the waters clear, but I bought it a month ago and the water still isn’t clear and leaks color and it’s starting to smell like rotten eggs


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Julies on Feb 20, 2022

Great pieces of wood

I ordered 2 pieces of the medium size. I am happy with both. One is almost like a wooden person. Lol. The other is like a wood crab. Lol. I have them in my 120 gallon ciclid tank. The clown loaches have not left them alone since I put them in the tank. It has made them very very happy. I did soak them in a 5 gallon bucket for 1 week and kept changing out the water everyday. I highly recommend you do that as well. There was tannins for sure! I will be buying more pieces for my other tanks soon. Definitely take a chance and grab these. The price is so reasonable.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Jeni on Apr 5, 2022

Aquarium wood

The wood is gorgeous, I loved the way it looked. I got a size medium for my 30 gallon tank and it was bigger than the tank!! I had to cut a piece off of it. I looked to find some type of recommendation on what size for what tank and couldn’t find any, so this is mine. The medium is huge!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Alyssa on Feb 14, 2022

Chunks of mopani

The measurement process online made it seem like you would get small pieces, but I got some cool, larger pieces. I bought a random pile of 5 because I like giving my plecos lots of places to swim in and hide. And because I know it’s a natural product, I expected a random grab bag of wood pieces, which is what I got. Mopani wood pretty much always is light on one side and smooth, but then the other side is dark and craggy. And it’s not super soft or twiggy so you’ll have your driftwood for many years. It does release tannins, which I find to be a bonus since the fish really seem to love it. It will continue to release tannins for pretty much forever. Boiling it will just soften your wood. Highly recommend just rinsing the travel dust off and then using it as-is. A lot of the local fish stores seem to be having trouble getting wood in stock right now, and Chewy came through for me.