Editor's Choice - Our Favorite SubstrateSource Aquarium Décor Wood

1. SubstrateSource "Cholla Wood Aquarium Driftwood 4 Inch - 3 Pieces

User Ratings: 61 7

SubstrateSource H1A01001-003 First Impressions

"No floaters."

Based on other reviews some things are certain. You can bend and trim to some extent to help conform it to your particular space. But up close it is obvious where the branches connect and makes it look fake. I got a small piece and it is fairly large. I highly recommend this driftwood and I would buy it again. I am rarely a fan of artificial aquarium decor. If you have a small tank this is a problem.

  • SubstrateSource "Cholla Wood Aquarium Driftwood 4 Inch - 3 Pieces
  • Three pieces of assorted diameter dried Cholla husk. Each 4 inches long.
  • Use as decorative aquarium driftwood or aquatic plant base.
  • Attracts biofilm for surface rasping/foraging fish and shrimp.
  • Approximately 4 inches long and 0.5-1.25 inches in diameter.
  • SubstrateSource guide included.
  • Manufacture: SubstrateSource
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 2.1 x 1.7 inches; 1.6 Ounces
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SubstrateSource H1A01001-003 Final Thoughts

"Thank you for the gift!"

I was unsure when I ordered what type of wood they would be. Not as big as I thought, but still two nice pieces! I received it today and am very happy with what i got. I've now ordered 2 large and 2 medium. You could also leave off a section branch and use it separately in your design. The clean water pic is after 7 days and 3 full water changes. I received it today and am very happy with what i got.

Overall Score
4.2


(249 Points)

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2. SubstrateSource "Cholla Tubes Aquarium Driftwood Decoration 4 Inches

User Ratings: 74

SubstrateSource First Impressions

"Just received today."

Also, I woke up this morning to the biggest bubble nest! I then left it in cold water doing an occasional change for almost 2 weeks. Each peice is unique, which makes it fun in my eyes. They have great color and character. We wanted something simple& classy for our aquarium& this really fit the bill! Slightly larger tanks can make something fit better. If you have a small tank this is a problem.

  • SubstrateSource "Cholla Tubes Aquarium Driftwood Decoration 4 Inches
  • Three pieces of assorted diameter dried Cholla husk. Each 4 inches long.
  • Use as decorative aquarium driftwood or aquatic plant base.
  • Attracts biofilm for surface rasping/foraging fish and shrimp.
  • Approximately 4 inches long and 1.5-2.25 inches in diameter.
  • Manufacture: SubstrateSource
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SubstrateSource Final Thoughts

"Especially not 5 of them."

Depending on the type of wood this may take months to go away. The quality is really good and it looked really pretty sitting in my empty tank. I like the authenticity of these pieces. I love how this project fits in my leopard geckos tank she loves it. I boiled mine for two hours and the water was almost black. I was originally going to buy the black version, but it sold out before I could. The branches need to be securely assembled to avoid them coming loose and floating.

Overall Score
4.4


(12 Points)

3. Bonsai Driftwood Aquarium Tree AS Random Pick (6in H x 8in L) Natural, Handcrafted Fish Tank Decorat...

User Ratings: 55 18

Bonsai Driftwood First Impressions

"Great purchase."

Two pieces each individually taped up and no breakage. Item was replaced in a very timely manner. It provides a decent, natural-looking refuge for smaller fish and other creatures. Boiled them for several hours then let dry in the full sun. They say to boil it, but I can't find a pot big enough to do so. It comes in black, which gives drama to the hardscape. I received it today and am very happy with what i got.

  • Bonsai Driftwood Aquarium Tree AS Random Pick (6in H x 8in L) Natural, Handcrafted Fish Tank Decoration | Helps Balance Water pH Levels, Stabilizes Environments | Easy to Install
  • Natural Fish Tank Decoration – This 6” x 8” bonsai driftwood tree is made from genuine driftwood and crafted into small landscape pieces perfect for organic tank layouts.
  • Helps Balance pH Levels – Driftwood bonsai trees contains tannic acid which helps soften and condition the water for healthy, natural balance ideal for fishes.
  • Create a Stunning Theme – Safe for fish, shrimp, and turtles, combine our wood with rocks, moss, water and air plants to create beautiful aquarium, terrariums, mini landscapes and fairy gardens!
  • Easy Care and Maintenance – Before placing this fish tank tree into your aquarium, steep it in boiling water for 20-30 minutes or soak in water for 5-7 days.
  • Unbeatable Quality Assurance – We work hard to ship you high-quality natural trees that are in pristine condition, however, if any issues occur contact us immediately.
  • Manufacture: Bonsai Driftwood
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Bonsai Driftwood Final Thoughts

"So no complaints."

I really got lucky with the one that was chosen as it's perfect for my display. I like to aquascape with realism to imitate an aquatic habitat. Also, there is some versatility with this product. Also, I woke up this morning to the biggest bubble nest! The branches need to be securely assembled to avoid them coming loose and floating. Also, I woke up this morning to the biggest bubble nest! However, that is exactly what you find in a natural environment.

Overall Score
3.8


(34 Points)

4. Driftwood Bonsai Fish Tree Aquarium Planted Aquascape Freshwater 6 inches Tall ABN

User Ratings: 53 15

Bonsai Driftwood First Impressions

"Thank you."

Not as big as I thought, but still two nice pieces! When I stand back and look at it, it looks really great. Overall, if you need a few smaller pieces of wood, this should work for you. I was looking for a piece of driftwood for a display application. Water is still crystal clear and it certainly brought tremendous value to my tank. The first is you won't know what you have until it comes. The quality is really good and it looked really pretty sitting in my empty tank.

  • Driftwood Bonsai Fish Tree Aquarium Planted Aquascape Freshwater 6 inches Tall ABN
  • 4" high and 6" width
  • Manufacture: Bonsai Driftwood
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Bonsai Driftwood Final Thoughts

"75 inches in length."

I like the authenticity of these pieces. The stone bottom helps it not float but I still had to anchor. I like aquariums to be and look as realistic as possible. They say to boil it, but I can't find a pot big enough to do so. He is saving the other driftwood for a tomato frog he wants. I then soaked it in a bucket overnight with hot water. After a little online research, I decided to buy mopane driftwood for my Fluval 2.

Overall Score
3.9


(27 Points)

5. Zoo Med Tag Mopani Wood

User Ratings: 73

Zoo Med ZM20194 First Impressions

"High quality wood."

Great customer service as I had a few branches missing. The quality is really good and it looked really pretty sitting in my empty tank. They have great color and character. The fish love it and it's a great addition to the aquarium. I am glad it is in my tank and adds something natural that the fish should enjoy. EDIT, boiled the wood for 2 hours and they sank. They've made great hiding spots for my catfish.

  • Zoo Med Tag Mopani Wood
  • Beautiful two color African hardwood for aquariums or terrariums
  • Use with plants to create a “naturalistic” looking habitat for your pets
  • Mopani Wood has been sandblasted clean and is ready to be added to your terrarium
  • Smooth surface, textured detail, and unique mottled color adds interest and enrichment to habitats
  • One of the hardest and densest woods available; sinks immediately in aquariums and, unlike driftwood, will not rot
  • Manufacture: Bradley Caldwell Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Zoo Med ZM20194 Final Thoughts

"I'm so glad I did."

The branches do not bend, but the joints can be rotated to get different positions. I love the knarlyness of this wood. All pieces were nice size for my 5 gallon tank. If you have a small tank this is a problem. I love the knarlyness of this wood. The clean water pic is after 7 days and 3 full water changes. Would buy again if I ever get a larger tank.

Overall Score
4.6


(14 Points)

6. Zoo Med African Mopani Wood, Medium (Sizes May Vary)

User Ratings: 63 8

Zoo Med MWM First Impressions

"The shrimps love it."

Boiled for an hour and plaved in tank. It comes from a reliable company and is very pretty to look at. I really got lucky with the one that was chosen as it's perfect for my display. It's a lottery when buying driftwood online. It just brings it a little closer to the 7 range. I really love the piece and it was well worth what I paid for it. I like aquariums to be and look as realistic as possible.

  • Zoo Med African Mopani Wood, Medium (Sizes May Vary)
  • Mopani Wood has been sandblasted clean and is ready to be added to your terrarium.
  • For use in aquariums, remember all natural wood leaches tannins, which discolor water and reduce pH levels.
  • Adding extra carbon to your aquarium filter can help remove any remaining discoloration.
  • This is an all Natural Item sizes may vary
  • Manufacture: Zoo Med Laboratories
  • Item Weight: 1.55 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 4.3 x 3.4 inches
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Zoo Med MWM Final Thoughts

"I have a 75gal."

I then soaked it in a bucket overnight with hot water. So perfect for setting the mood in my little tank. The molding, texture, and general look is really good with this particular product. I am glad it is in my tank and adds something natural that the fish should enjoy. Nice twisted pieces with some personality. The pieces can be trimmed if needed and positioned as you need for placement. Not as big as I thought, but still two nice pieces!

Overall Score
4.2


(661 Points)

7. UP Aqua Ceramic Bonsai Stone

User Ratings: 79 6

U.P. Aqua UA-950S First Impressions

"75 inches in length."

I am rarely a fan of artificial aquarium decor. When I stand back and look at it, it looks really great. They have great color and character. Overall, the purchase is definitely worth it. The clean water pic is after 7 days and 3 full water changes. Just what I wanted, couldn't be happier! Not as big as I thought, but still two nice pieces!

  • UP Aqua Ceramic Bonsai Stone
  • Use for aquascaping
  • Creating unique underwater plant pot
  • Made from Ceramic
  • Manufacture: Sevenports, Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 3.63 x 3 x 2 inches; 1.6 Ounces
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U.P. Aqua UA-950S Final Thoughts

"Can't wait to unpack."

Overall, I'm satisfied with the product. Very similar to photo and it was large. People have also complained about the coloring of water. It comes from a reliable company and is very pretty to look at. I have not had any trouble with them hurting my fish. The branches need to be securely assembled to avoid them coming loose and floating. All pieces were nice size for my 5 gallon tank.

Overall Score
4.6


(29 Points)

8. SunGrow Shrimp Woods, 5” Climbing Logs, Chew Toy, Stimulating Activity for Little Climbers, Keep S...

User Ratings: 72 4

SunGrow 4346729793 First Impressions

"It's very nice."

Just what I wanted, couldn't be happier! The fish love it and it's a great addition to the aquarium. I have not had any trouble with them hurting my fish. My shrimp and fish love it plus it looks great in the tank. I love the knarlyness of this wood. You could also leave off a section branch and use it separately in your design. Somewhat smaller in diameter than I assumed.

  • SunGrow Shrimp Woods, 5” Climbing Logs, Chew Toy, Stimulating Activity for Little Climbers, Keep Shrimps Busy and Active, Long Dried Aquarium Décor Adds Raw Beauty, 3 Pcs
  • ✔ CREATE PICTURESQUE, REALISTIC HABITAT FOR SHRIMPS--- Shrimps are uncomplicated pets to take care of. However, their health should not be taken for granted. The 3-piece Cholla Woods by SunGrow is the raw dried husk of the Cholla cactus. It has a soft texture and porous structure that allows you to create a native environment needed by your pets for their overall health.
  • ✔EXCELLENT ADDITIONAL FOOD SOURCE --- For shrimps, scavenging is a typical way to look for food. They have plenty of options available in the wild to pursue this activity which accelerates their growth. Thus to have this wood in their habitat is important. They love to chew on this wood. We bet, your shrimps would love this addition.
  • ✔PERFECT CLIMBING TOYS --- Shrimps don’t go around, they simply climb over on almost anything. With their tiny legs and claws, they are perhaps the most versatile little climbers on the land. Now, get rid of those plastic or rubber climbing sticks. Setup pieces of Cholla Wood to add some height in their habitat and keep them entertained. They would love to climb and venture up and down on these toys making it their playground. You may even spot some naughty fellas’ taking a nap atop.
  • ✔PROVIDES A SECURE HIDEAWAY --- These little climbers are also great hiders and would bury themselves for many different reasons such as shedding, resting, cooling down or simply having fun with their “me time”. Comes in a pack of 3, you can arrange SunGrow Cholla Wood as you wish to make crevices or caves giving your pet areas to hide and rest. A Connectable Coco Tunnel Hut by SunGrow can help complement your habitat for such activities.
  • ✔DIRECTIONS FOR USAGE ---. When you receive your order, make sure that you soak it in hot/boiling saltwater and sundry it before placing it into the tank. Once you have waterlogged them, arrange them beautifully, and maximize all the visual and functional benefits these woods can provide. Please note since it is a raw product, not each piece will have a similar girth, which further adds a hint of realism because your shrimps won’t see the same logs thrice.
  • Manufacture: Marimo Pet Store
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 7 x 0.7 inches; 3.21 Ounces
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SunGrow 4346729793 Final Thoughts

"Also, I love this wood!"

It's a great set for creating a focal point in a 15 gallon or under tank. These are about the size of a double fist. They have great color and character. These are about the size of a double fist. Overall, the purchase is definitely worth it. Mostly straighter bits of wood in the lake bottom, etc. I was pleasantly surprised at the weighted base, made it easy to install.

Overall Score
4.4


(1213 Points)

9. SunGrow Hermit Crab Woods, 6” Climbing Logs, Chew Toy, Stimulating Activity for Little Climbers, K...

User Ratings: 74 2

SunGrow 3C-D876-NH76 First Impressions

"The turtles love it."

Very similar to photo and it was large. The branches need to be securely assembled to avoid them coming loose and floating. Item was replaced in a very timely manner. Decent size around 4-6 inches each. For the price, I received 5 useful and interesting pieces. People have also complained about the coloring of water. It even had small branches correctly located to do my mount!

  • SunGrow Hermit Crab Woods, 6” Climbing Logs, Chew Toy, Stimulating Activity for Little Climbers, Keep Hermies Busy and Active, Long Dried Aquarium Décor Adds Raw Beauty, 3 Pcs
  • ✔ CREATE PICTURESQUE, REALISTIC HABITAT FOR CRABS --- Hermit Crabs are uncomplicated pets to take care of. However, their health should not be taken for granted. The 3-piece Cholla Woods by SunGrow is the raw dried husk of the Cholla cactus. It has a soft texture and porous structure that allows you to create a native crabitat environment needed by your pets for their overall health.
  • ✔EXCELLENT ADDITIONAL FOOD SOURCE --- Hermit crab is an omnivore and scavenging is a typical way to look for food. They have plenty of options available in the wild to pursue this activity which accelerates their growth. Thus to have this wood in their habitat is important. They love to chew on this wood. We bet, your hermies would love this addition.
  • ✔PERFECT CLIMBING TOYS --- Hermit crabs don’t go around, they simply climb over on almost anything. With their tiny legs and claws, they are perhaps the most versatile little climbers on the land. Now, get rid of those plastic or rubber climbing sticks. Setup pieces of Cholla Wood to add some height in their habitat and keep them entertained. They would love to climb and venture up and down on these toys making it their playground. You may even spot some naughty fellas’ taking a nap atop.
  • ✔PROVIDES A SECURE HIDEAWAY --- These little climbers are also great hiders and would bury themselves for many different reasons such as shedding, resting, cooling down or simply having fun with their “me time”. Comes in a pack of 3, you can arrange SunGrow Cholla Wood as you wish to make crevices or caves giving your pet areas to hide and rest. A Connectable Coco Tunnel Hut by SunGrow can help complement your crabitat for such activities.
  • ✔DIRECTIONS FOR USAGE ---. When you receive your order, make sure that you soak it in hot/boiling saltwater and sundry it before placing it into the tank. Once you have waterlogged them, arrange them beautifully, and maximize all the visual and functional benefits these woods can provide. Please note since it is a raw product, not each piece will have a similar girth, which further adds a hint of realism because your crabs won’t see the same logs thrice.
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
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SunGrow 3C-D876-NH76 Final Thoughts

"I LOVE IT!"

After a little online research, I decided to buy mopane driftwood for my Fluval 2. It just brings it a little closer to the 7 range. My son got these for his turtle and gecko aquariums. I received it today and am very happy with what i got. I like aquariums to be and look as realistic as possible. All pieces were nice size for my 5 gallon tank. The pieces can be trimmed if needed and positioned as you need for placement.

Overall Score
4.5


(435 Points)

10. Zoo Med African Mopani Wood, Large

User Ratings: 63 8

Zoo Med MWL First Impressions

"This really does work."

My son got these for his turtle and gecko aquariums. It is a hardwood and doesn't float, so you won't need to anchor it at all. The molding, texture, and general look is really good with this particular product. It even had small branches correctly located to do my mount! It even had small branches correctly located to do my mount! You roll the dice and don't know what you're going to get. This is acceptable to me, because my water stays clean and clear, despite the tint.

  • Zoo Med African Mopani Wood, Large
  • Mopani Wood has been sandblasted clean and is ready to be added to your terrarium.
  • For use in aquariums, remember all natural wood leaches tannins, which discolor water and reduce pH levels.
  • Adding extra carbon to your aquarium filter can help remove any remaining discoloration.
  • Size: LG 16-18""
  • Manufacture: Zoo Med Laboratories
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 7 x 9 inches; 3.6 Pounds
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Zoo Med MWL Final Thoughts

"Google it."

I have a newly established tank for my Green Spotted puffers. The molding, texture, and general look is really good with this particular product. The water makes the wood a beautiful brown color. Each peice is unique, which makes it fun in my eyes. If I had gotten small pieces I would have boiled them. I'm not sure what people are expecting for this price. Overall, the purchase is definitely worth it.

Overall Score
4.1


(81 Points)

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