One of the key elements in creating a visually stunning aquascape is the use of wood. However, not all types of wood are suitable for aquarium use. In this blog post, we will explore the best types of wood for aquascaping and aquariums.

Types of Wood to Avoid

Before we delve into the best types of wood for your aquarium, it’s important to know which types to avoid:


Cedar is an evergreen wood that releases tannins into the water, causing it to turn dark brown. This can cause stress in your fish. Additionally, cedar absorbs mulm, which can turn gray and create a mess in your tank.


Like cedar, cypress is an evergreen wood that releases tannins into the water. Moreover, cypress is very oily, which can cause problems for your fish if they ingest it or swim through it.


Grapevine wood has high levels of resins and acids that can be harmful to fish and plants in the tank. It also absorbs water like a sponge and releases it into your substrate or filter when it dries out.

The Best Wood for Your Aquarium

Now that we know what to avoid, let’s look at the best types of wood for your aquarium:


Manzanita is a great choice for aquascaping due to its low tannin content and unique shape. It’s also quick to water log and reasonably priced.

Dark River Brown Manzanita

Included weighted base sinks branch immediately, requires no pre-soaking and will not discolor water.


Tigerwood is another excellent choice for your aquarium. It has low tannin content and showcases a variety of shapes.

Tigerwood – Driftwood 

high grade driftwood, solid and durable, long lasting in underwater or arid environments.


Spiderwood is known for its unique shape and is great for smaller tanks. It’s also a budget-friendly option.

Natural Spiderwood

Spiderwood is light weight and sturdy branches are perfect for decorating.

Rasamala Wood

Rasamala wood, also known as Altingia Excelsa Noronha, is often used as an aquascape decoration due to its strength in contact with water and its unique bends and branches.


Mangrove wood is quite popular among aquascapers due to its smooth texture and few branches. However, it has a reasonably high tannin content and can change the color of the water to yellow.


Natural driftwood has interesting shapes and textures, and looks different from various angles.

Santigi Wood

Santigi wood, or Pemphis acidula, is often used as a bonsai plant and to decorate an aquascape. The roots or twigs have beautiful curves, making them look natural when combined with moss plants or a type of dissident.

Malaysia Driftwood

Originating from the tropical rainforests of Malaysia, Malaysian driftwood is a popular choice for aquariums and fish tanks due to its dark brown color and intricate branching patterns.

Malaysia Driftwood

Real Wood Bogwood 5″-7″ (2 Pieces)

Remember, the choice of wood can significantly impact the health of your aquarium’s inhabitants and the overall aesthetics of your aquascape. So, choose wisely!

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