Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Unknown Aquarium Décor Wood

1. Marina Naturals Malaysian Driftwood with Plants, Large

User Ratings: 51

Unknown 12258 First Impressions

"A week or two perhaps."

Be sure to follow the directions for de-tanning the wood. This alone will not drop it to the low numbers some fish need. I am rarely a fan of artificial aquarium decor. My son got these for his turtle and gecko aquariums. It comes in black, which gives drama to the hardscape. The branches do not bend, but the joints can be rotated to get different positions. This alone will not drop it to the low numbers some fish need.

  • Marina Naturals Malaysian Driftwood with Plants, Large
  • Decoration suited for any aquarium; mimics natural driftwood
  • Safe and non-toxic, won't alter your water chemistry
  • Secure placement
  • Measures 12 inches wide x 5 inches long x 7 inches tall
  • Manufacture: Marina
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 12 x 7 inches; 2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Unknown 12258
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Unknown 12258 Final Thoughts

"Don't hesitate buy some!"

I have taken pictures of the latest two that I bought. It comes in black, which gives drama to the hardscape. I really got lucky with the one that was chosen as it's perfect for my display. My son got these for his turtle and gecko aquariums. I love them and they were packaged well. But up close it is obvious where the branches connect and makes it look fake. Unfortunately, these give off a ton of tannins.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(5 Points)

2. Cobalt Aquatics 45022 Round Pleco Cave, 1.5"/Small,White/Black

User Ratings: 53 9

Cobalt Aquatics 45022 First Impressions

"Worth every penny."

The one I received looked better than the online photo. The first is you won't know what you have until it comes. This alone will not drop it to the low numbers some fish need. However, this particular product is exceptional. Photos show first and second order. Should have soaked it longer but oh well hopefully it will clear up soon. My shrimp liked to crawl around and eat off this.

  • Cobalt Aquatics 45022 Round Pleco Cave, 1.5"/Small,White/Black
  • Handmade with natural stoneware clays and fired to 2200+ degrees
  • Will not leach chemicals or color into the water and will not breakdown over time
  • Triple checked for impeccable quality
  • Package Dimension: 1.5"L x 1.5"W x 7.0"H
  • Manufacture: Cobalt Aquatics
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 1.5 x 7 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Cobalt Aquatics 45022
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

Cobalt Aquatics 45022 Final Thoughts

"It's very nice."

Very happy with product and fast shipping and receiving. Boiled them for several hours then let dry in the full sun. I cant wait to see what it will look like. I really got lucky with the one that was chosen as it's perfect for my display. Boiled for an hour and plaved in tank. It blends wonderfully with my other natural decor. Two pieces each individually taped up and no breakage.

Overall Score
3.9

[star rating="3.9"]
(54 Points)

3. Woolf's House Aquarium Resin Artificial Driftwood Tree with Moss Fish Tank Ornament Decoration

User Ratings: 23 32

Woolf's House First Impressions

"I have a 75gal."

If I had gotten small pieces I would have boiled them. Boiled for an hour and plaved in tank. Based on other reviews some things are certain. Each peice is unique, which makes it fun in my eyes. Each peice is unique, which makes it fun in my eyes. I was pleasantly surprised at the weighted base, made it easy to install. It's totally normal for natural wood to grow a white biofilm.

  • Woolf's House Aquarium Resin Artificial Driftwood Tree with Moss Fish Tank Ornament Decoration
  • Aquarium Resin Artificial Driftwood Tree
  • Moss Fish Tank Ornament Decoration
  • Offers the natural environment feeling
  • Change your aquarium into a beautiful scenery
  • Natural Vivid Aquarium Fish Tank Artificial Driftwood
  • Manufacture: Woolf's House
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Woolf's House
  • Quality [star rating='3.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

Woolf's House Final Thoughts

"Thank you."

Overall, if you need a few smaller pieces of wood, this should work for you. The branches need to be securely assembled to avoid them coming loose and floating. The mopane wood is two-toned, with a very light tone and a black tone. Overall, the purchase is definitely worth it. The water makes the wood a beautiful brown color. Overall, the purchase is definitely worth it. I ordered the Large Piece and it's about 17 inches Long.

Overall Score
3.1

[star rating="3.1"]
(4 Points)

4. Emours Aquarium Driftwood Tropical Fish Plant Habitat Decor Varies Size, Small & Large,2 pcs Pack by...

User Ratings: 54 13

Emours Pet 4334830881 First Impressions

"6 of them to be exact."

He has 3 in a 20 gallon aquarium, and 1 in a small aquarium. Surprisingly, tarter I put it into the tank, I see no tanin at all. The pieces can be trimmed if needed and positioned as you need for placement. This was a very large but great realistic piece for our aquarium. I cant wait to see what it will look like. A little apprehensive after reading some reviews. They say to boil it, but I can't find a pot big enough to do so.

  • Emours Aquarium Driftwood Tropical Fish Plant Habitat Decor Varies Size, Small & Large,2 pcs Pack by Emours Pet
  • Authentic natural wood adds realistic beauty
  • Long lasting in underwater or arid environments
  • Visual variety - no two pieces are alike, different sizes and different looking.length size varies from 20cm-30cm/ 7.8inch - 11inch ,width size range from 16cm-25cm/ 6.3inch - 9.8inch
  • You can decoration the landscape, crawler box, aquatic animals habitat or more
  • Note: If you need to put the driftwood into water, before using, soaked the dirfwood in water about 10-15 days to have good underwater effect
  • Manufacture: Pet accessories
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Emours Pet 4334830881
  • Quality [star rating='2.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

Emours Pet 4334830881 Final Thoughts

"Yes years."

I was originally going to buy the black version, but it sold out before I could. Be sure to follow the directions for de-tanning the wood. My shrimp liked to crawl around and eat off this. Overall, the purchase is definitely worth it. You can just scrape or brush it off and suck it up with a water change. The fish love it and it's a great addition to the aquarium. Just what I wanted, couldn't be happier!

Overall Score
3.9

[star rating="3.9"]
(125 Points)

5. SunGrow Cholla Wood, 5 Inches Long, Aquarium Decoration and Chew Toys for Small Pets, Artistic Home-...

User Ratings: 78 2

SunGrow First Impressions

"Well pleased."

Arrived today and I'm very pleased with quality for the price. I like to aquascape with realism to imitate an aquatic habitat. I received it today and am very happy with what i got. I then soaked it in a bucket overnight with hot water. I was looking for a piece of driftwood for a display application. It has live plants, and last week I finally added the fish. Water is still crystal clear and it certainly brought tremendous value to my tank.

  • SunGrow Cholla Wood, 5 Inches Long, Aquarium Decoration and Chew Toys for Small Pets, Artistic Home-Decor, Long Lasting Driftwood
  • ✔ GENUINE CHOLLA WOOD --- SunGrow Natural Cholla Wood is the dried husk of the Cholla cactus. Each pack contains 3 pieces, each 5 inches long with a hollowed centre. Simply soak for 24 to 48 hours and it’ll sink to the bottom of the tank.
  • ✔ FOR PLAYING AND HIDING --- Small shrimps, fry and fishes enjoy swimming through and hiding in the Cholla Wood to feel safe.
  • ✔ FOR CHEWING AND ADDITIONAL NUTRITION --- Larger fishes and hermit crabs sometimes chew on Cholla Wood or eat the microorganisms that grow on Cholla Wood. Reptiles, hamsters, birds and other small pets also enjoy using Cholla Wood as a safe chew toy.
  • ✔ DECORATIVE FOR PLANTS AND CRAFTS --- Cholla Wood is used to enhance the appearance of potted plant and flora. Their naturally rustic surfaces are coveted for crafts. Hobbyists often use these for making candle-holders or for simply decorating a photo frame.
  • ✔ NATURAL AND SAFE --- SunGrow Natural Cholla Wood is all natural, guaranteed organic, thorn-free and chemical-free. It is safe for all pets. Shrimp, fry, pleco, hermit crabs, fishes, even reptiles and birds love Cholla wood. PREPARATION: Before placing the product in the aquarium, rinse before use, even after boiling or soaking. A "post-boil soak" in fresh water with a bag of activated carbon is a recommended step, too.
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

SunGrow Final Thoughts

"Beautiful tree."

It's totally normal for natural wood to grow a white biofilm. Covered in moss for extra protection. Don't scrub too hard or you'll take off the color on the piece. People have also complained about the coloring of water. I'm not sure what people are expecting for this price. Slightly larger tanks can make something fit better. I love how this project fits in my leopard geckos tank she loves it.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(238 Points)

6. Driftwood for Aquarium Natural Spider Wood Reptile Branches Fish Tank Decoration Plant Stump Assorte...

User Ratings: 53 8

CHLORIS First Impressions

"I might buy again."

I have a newly established tank for my Green Spotted puffers. The ones I received were five pieces of mopani. Depending on the type of wood this may take months to go away. It even had small branches correctly located to do my mount! I am impatient and don't want to wait to soak. I received some nice pieces for sure. Great for a small tank as a centerpiece or to fill out a big tank.

  • Driftwood for Aquarium Natural Spider Wood Reptile Branches Fish Tank Decoration Plant Stump Assorted (3 Pcs, 7"-10")
  • NATURAL SPIDER WOOD: Made from natural roots of azaleas, each branch is a unique landscaping material and safe for your fish.
  • FOR TANKS LARGER THAN 3 GALLON: Pack of 3 natural branches vary in width and length. The average size is 7 to 10 inches long.
  • CLIMBING BRANCH FOR REPTILES: These driftwood is light but sturdy. Perfect for reptiles to climb and can also be used as mossy trees in fish tanks.
  • UNIQUE AUQARIUM DECORS: These branches from nature have different shapes. Use your creativity to add realistic beauty to your aquarium.
  • PRETREATMENT OF DRIFTWOOD: To ensure that the driftwood has a better sinking effect and prevent the occurrence of yellow water, you’d better boil them for 1 to 3 hours, then soak them in the water for a day.
  • Manufacture: CHLORIS
  • Item Weight: 2.39 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 7 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The CHLORIS
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

CHLORIS Final Thoughts

"The second arrived today."

I'm not sure what people are expecting for this price. The stone bottom helps it not float but I still had to anchor. My shrimp liked to crawl around and eat off this. My shrimp and fish love it plus it looks great in the tank. I then soaked it in a bucket overnight with hot water. Because of this, I ordered another one and it's at my front door now. Boiled them for several hours then let dry in the full sun.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(45 Points)

7. emours Driftwood for Aquarium Fish Tank Decor Natural Spider Wood Branches Small Medium Varies Size,...

emours First Impressions

"Great pieces."

This is acceptable to me, because my water stays clean and clear, despite the tint. Just what I wanted, couldn't be happier! The water makes the wood a beautiful brown color. I really got lucky with the one that was chosen as it's perfect for my display. EDIT, boiled the wood for 2 hours and they sank. You can just scrape or brush it off and suck it up with a water change. My shrimp liked to crawl around and eat off this.

  • emours Driftwood for Aquarium Fish Tank Decor Natural Spider Wood Branches Small Medium Varies Size,3 Pack
  • All are natural and real driftwood,both safe for aquarium and reptile ;
  • Natural driftwood pieces shape and size are random. Just like in nature the tree branches are look different. What you get may different from pictures show. You can cut and combine them to get the desired look ;
  • The wood needs to be waterlogged to sink. Some wood may sink at once, some may floating in water at first, another may not sink sometimes;
  • Water will turn brown and lower PH. They beneficial for fish and it will go away if you change water usually ;
  • When you sink wood into the water for a time , a white fuzzy or slime may appear sometimes. It is harmless , it will go away on its own in a couple months. You can scrub it if you do not like it or use fish that eat it like shrimp and snails.
  • Manufacture: KENSID
  • Editor's Impressions Of The emours
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

emours Final Thoughts

"I lucked out."

Water is still crystal clear and it certainly brought tremendous value to my tank. I have another 5 Gallon Marine and Portrait to setup. I like the authenticity of these pieces. I cant wait to see what it will look like. All pieces were nice size for my 5 gallon tank. Also, there is some versatility with this product. After a little online research, I decided to buy mopane driftwood for my Fluval 2.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(3 Points)

8. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Bonsai Driftwood
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

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

[star rating="3.9"]
(27 Points)

9. Zoo Med Laboratories AZMMAS Mopani Wood, Small, 6 to 8-Inch

User Ratings: 60 9

Zoo Med 976586 First Impressions

"Someone truly has an eye!"

I boiled mine for two hours and the water was almost black. Great customer service as I had a few branches missing. Great customer service as I had a few branches missing. You roll the dice and don't know what you're going to get. It just brings it a little closer to the 7 range. Also, I woke up this morning to the biggest bubble nest! He is saving the other driftwood for a tomato frog he wants.

  • Zoo Med Laboratories AZMMAS Mopani Wood, Small, 6 to 8-Inch
  • Zoo Med Laboratories opani Wood
  • A beautiful two color African hardwood for aquariums or terrariums
  • One of the hardest and densest woods available; sinks immediately in aquariums and unlike driftwood, will not rot
  • Country Of Origin: United States
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoo Med 976586
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

Zoo Med 976586 Final Thoughts

"Someone truly has an eye!"

The stone bottom helps it not float but I still had to anchor. Decent size around 4-6 inches each. The stone bottom helps it not float but I still had to anchor. It's a lottery when buying driftwood online. Also, I woke up this morning to the biggest bubble nest! He has 3 in a 20 gallon aquarium, and 1 in a small aquarium. However, that is exactly what you find in a natural environment.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(289 Points)

10. Estes' Gravel Malaysian Driftwood, Small

User Ratings: 62 12

Estes' BC470789 First Impressions

"You won't regret it."

I am assuming every piece looks different. We wanted something simple& classy for our aquarium& this really fit the bill! The pieces can be trimmed if needed and positioned as you need for placement. EDIT, boiled the wood for 2 hours and they sank. I recieved a Fluval Mopani Driftwood. Each peice is unique, which makes it fun in my eyes. This alone will not drop it to the low numbers some fish need.

  • Estes' Gravel Malaysian Driftwood, Small
  • 1 small piece of Malaysian driftwood (Size and shape will vary slightly)
  • Releases tannins to help soften hard water and lower Ph.
  • Ideal for discus and angelfish tanks
  • Great accent piece for reptile enclosures Includes
  • Quality Malaysian driftwood will sink quickly in the tank
  • Manufacture: ESTES GRAVEL PRODUCTS
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 2.5 x 2 inches; 1.4 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Estes' BC470789
  • Quality [star rating='3.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

Estes' BC470789 Final Thoughts

"Also have 7 neon tetras."

They say to boil it, but I can't find a pot big enough to do so. The first is you won't know what you have until it comes. Photos show first and second order. Should have soaked it longer but oh well hopefully it will clear up soon. Item was replaced in a very timely manner. Nice twisted pieces with some personality. Just what I wanted, couldn't be happier!

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(290 Points)

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