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Zoo Med Mopani Wood Aquarium Decor

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  • 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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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.

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.

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.

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Jimmie on Dec 31, 2022

Great addition to my tanks

The excellent service I received from the phone rep. was top notch. she took care of the issue I had and I am completely satisfied. The wood itself is excellent and adds more of a natural look to my aquariums. I will be buying more of this as I have 9 tanks. I am extremely happy on all fronts. Thanks, Jimmie V.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Different on Nov 8, 2022

Not as pictured

I suppose I should have realized that these are all different The one I received is ok but wanted it as a basking log and this one is too low

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Valkyriemome on Aug 19, 2022

Not horrible

The images for these things always include interestingly shaped wood that would be great for aquascaping. I expected the reality to be less interesting, and it was. One piece was very very close to being interesting—thus the 4 stars. The other was pretty much a flat piece of wood. Still, both will be good for my clown plecos, who require driftwood in the aquarium.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By mopani on Oct 15, 2022

combining mopani and spider wood to make a hardsca

Came with a multi order used mopani bigger piece and a few pieces of spider wood with some rock to make a hardscape for my mbuna tank I think it looks good!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Brelynn on Sep 6, 2022

Nice Piece

I got a really nice piece for my fish tank. I soaked it for a few hours and was surprised to find the water staying clear!. No color at all as if it was pre-treated. Put it in my tank and it's great. No tea color still. Would recommend.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Assassinscreed83 on Jan 10, 2023

Buy at own risk

Not the size I was expecting but my fish seems to like it.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Barb on Aug 28, 2022

not as advertised

piece keeps turning water brown even after following directions to soak it in water and change the water everyday..its been going on over a week of soaking and the piece still turns the water brown..not very becoming for the aquarium

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 ryn2011 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.