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    Bogwood vs driftwood : what's the difference?

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    Hi everyone,
    This is a question for the experts.
    What is the difference between bogwood and driftwood? I recently put up two pieces of bogwood for sale but was told they are driftwood.

    According to my very rudimentary understanding, driftwood should be what the sea. It is wood that has fallen in water, drifted out to the sea and eventually gets washed up on a beach. Which is why driftwood is typically branchy and smooth, and parched.

    Bogwood on the other hand should be what comes out from swamps (or bogs) and have spent time stuck in the peat and mud. So typically, these pieces will be browned and has the appearance of rot, and will leech acids when put in aquarium.

    Can any expert confirm whether my understanding is correct?

    Thanks,
    AngelAddick
    Last edited by AngelAddick; 24th Aug 2007 at 19:23. Reason: add clarity to title

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    I call them all Driftwood. But then it's not sea. Driftwoods are found in freshwater/brackish systems, drifted by river.
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    How about hunks of wood that were recovered from the peat swamps of Malaysia? Are they considered bogwood?

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    Bogwood comes from a bog
    Oops, driftwood is carried by sea also, my bad

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogwood
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Driftwood
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    You may refer to this thread, hope it help

    http://www.aquaticquotient.com/forum...ad.php?t=26858

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    You got DW and BW mixed up. Basically, DW is the darker and heavier one. BW is the branchy, lighter one.
    Last edited by vinz; 27th Aug 2007 at 16:08.

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    DW are those that looks darker and rotten but heavier... BW on the other hand looks lighter in color and more solid/hard...

    BWs are usually more branchy than DW.

    I think you have both mixed up
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    So AngelAddick you got the information already as i just pm you back regarding bogwood and driftwood that i looking for and some AQ members has reply you with more information. cheers

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    I'm not sure if I'm correct, my understanding for bog wood is taken from tree root whereas drift wood is taken from tree/brach.
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    Thank you all bros for your clarification. I believe I have pointed out a long-standing mistake in this forum which I hope can be corrected henceforth. I think it is important for AQ sice this forum prides itself on accuracy of knowledge as well as good English and spelling.

    Bro Aeon's two links to Wikipedia explaining bogwood and driftwood is in line with my personal understanding.

    Which would mean bro krabbie and bro daveteogh, who says I got them mixed up, may have gotten them mixed up themselves. I mean no offence but many people on this forum have the same believe as these two respected bros and have got them mixed up.

    I believe it stands to reason - and Wikipedia backs this - that bogwood should be wood found in bogs and swamps, often peat, which explains why it is often chunky, leeches tannin when sunk in an aquarium tank and continues to lower the acidity of a tank at it decays.

    And driftwood, should as the name indicate, mean wood drifted up to shore by water -- be it river or sea.

    I hope Moderators can help clarify this issue, with pictures, as it can avoid misundertandings. For example, a bro advertises that he wants to buy BW, when actually he wants DW or vice versa.

    Thanking all of you sincerely,
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    Wikipedia should be reliable. Good discussion. I feel enlightened.
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    that is why seller should post a photo if he/she want to sell anything. That should avoid any missunderstanding
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    Bro Shadow,
    I agree with you. However, just to clarify, my post is not specific to sales. Rather, it is to clarify what I notice on the forum a misconception about DW and BW, which I feel needs to be clarified.

    If we, on this site, pride outselves on correctness and accuracy of scientific names for fish in order to encourage all members to be more knowledgeable, why indeed would we not attempt to correct a clear error in definition for two of the most basic items in a tank?

    It's a small matter but probably a more useful matter to pursue than asking members not to use SMS language in their postings.

    Just my two cents, thanks.

    Phil AA

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    After reading this posting, it's really like a awakening for me if my understanding is wrong. LOL

    Anyway, don't trust everything from wikipedia cos it's created and can be authored by anyone ... no moderation required.

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    Stickified.

    When in doubt:
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    - Just use the words 'wood for aquarium'
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    I thing the missconception was started of from the LFS. Becasue that what they call it when they sell the wood and it is hard to educate them.

    So which one to follow?
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    I can tell you for sure that there will be more confusion if you ask someone, for example, from the United States about driftwood/bogwood. Very often, common terms are used differently and interchangably in different countries.

    If you asked for "lava rock" overseas, you will probably get something quite different from what you are getting in Singapore.

    Try do do an image search in Google for driftwood or bogwood and you will see.

    Like what vinz said, always ask for pictures if in doubt.

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    Wiki definition of "bogwood" may be right. I learnt from a supplier that bogwood which is found in LFS here, the lighter colour and more branchy shaped type, are mostly collected at the mangrove swamp of the Philippines.

    "Driftwood" is commonly known to be the darker and heavier type which readily sink in water.
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    I wouldn't judge it by the colour. Different trees have different colour wood, the same tree wood could be drifted onto shore or could be harvested from a bog.

    Just throw this discussion into the mix- how do you classify harvested branchy wood that has been slowly rotting in dams for a long time? Damwood?

    That's what the most of the ADA branchy wood is from. Years from now we may be getting those from China. -Damwood.

    I think just use common sense, as long as you are paying for what you get.
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    Usually don't care about where its from and what its named, as long as meet my scape requirement.
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