Petrified wood is a wooden fossil of organic materials that were replaced with minerals from within the Earth. With that in mind, it takes a few crucial things for wood to fossilize, such as the fallen stump being buried in an oxygen-free environment or anaerobic environment.Another crucial component is regular access to mineral-rich flowing water through the tissue of the wood. Over time, this will replace the organic matter in the wood with minerals, causing petrifaction.
Petrified Wood Description
Petrified wood is an example of the remarkable transformation from the organic materials of the wood into minerals from the earth. Typically keeping its bark-like texture on the outside, the fossilized wood shows an array of colors of the minerals within. The petrified wood is stronger, heavier and much more like a stone once petrifaction occurs, which makes it a great addition to aquascaping.
Fossilized wood is typically used as a column of hardscape. A simple application is to stack them on top of one another to create pillars.
How to use Fossilized Wood
There are a few techniques that aquascapers use with petrified wood to create inviting aquascapes. It is uncommon to see it used as a “one rock” centerpiece. An ideal use is like a building block that will create your focal point or centerpiece. Fossilized wood is a column-shaped stone, which is great for creating small nooks and crevices that can supplement moss or hiding places for shrimp.
Here are a few common techniques used with these hardscapes:
- Using the fossilized wood to create a ledge or cliff – this is achieved by stacking them next to each other, creating higher and lower levels.
- Stacking petrified wood on top of each other – This can result in creating a centerpiece. Remember to secure your rocks in crucial places so they don’t topple from maintenance.
- Pillaring the petrified wood – In strategic places or on a incline slope, this can be an abnormal effect visually, but it is great for breaking up carpet plants.
Specs for Petrified Wood
Petrified Wood is typically an inert rock. There has been some cases of people doing the acidic test and finding their fossilized wood rising their pH. It’s always recommended to soak and clean your hardscapes before adding them into an aquascape.
- Type: Igneous/inert Rock
- pH: Not Likely to Rise
- gH: Not Likely to Rise
- kH: Not Likely to Rise
- Shrimp Safe: Safe for All
Petrified Wood for Sale & Where to Buy
Petrified wood prices can vary by the pound and by vendors. Typically you can find petrified wood for sale at aquarium stores that sell freshwater fish, but there are a few online website that are selling fossilized wood as well.