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    Eucalyptus drift wood

    A friend has cut down his eucalyptus tree and some of the wood looks like it would make a nice bit of driftwood for a waterfall I知 planning.

    Is there any known harmful impact this could have on my koi?



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    It attracts koala bears and they poo in the pond. That means you値l have to up your filtration levels.
    Thank me later


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    Think I’m pretty safe from Koala’s!

    Any other risks (that don’t have to travel from the other side of the world)?

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    Driftwood hoppers.

    They are a protected species so if they set up home in your driftwood you will never be allowed to dispose of it and you'll have to keep your pond running for eternity.

    Do you live near the sea?

    Is there any way for driftwood hoppers to make their way from the sea to your garden?

    If the answer is yes, you may need to think twice about using driftwood.
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    So I should probably re-clarify that this isn’t true driftwood as by definition driftwood has been floating about in the sea/rivers for some time already.

    this is a freshly cut tree but it’s a bit dead looking and could be driftwood-esque!

    we are probably 2 miles from the nearest river inlet which connects to the sea. I think it would be a fair stretch for any small animal to make it to ours and find this piece of wood to nest in, but thanks for the heads up about driftwood hoppers.

    i was more wanting to check if it’s likely that any of the sap or something would be poisonous that anyone knows of? I’ve done some searching online and can’t find anything. I would likely salt bath and scrub the wood and let it dry out before it went into a waterfall feature.

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    I was just winding you up about the driftwood hoppers

    As far as I know the wood should be fine, but I'd recommend soaking it for 24 hours to try and extract the tannins.

    Probably wouldn't hurt to PP it to kill off any bacteria that might be growing within it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigcarpchaser View Post
    It attracts koala bears and they poo in the pond. That means you値l have to up your filtration levels.
    Thank me later


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    Haha brill

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