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Does anyone know if Hedge aka Osage Orange wood is ok to use in an aquarium? The scientific name is Maclura pomifera. The wood has been cut around 3 years so should be good and dry.

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I wasn't familiar with the tree, but just read up on it on Wikipedia.

Osajin and Pomiferin are flavonoid pigments present in the wood and fruit, comprising about 10% of the fruit's dry weight. The plant also contains the flavonol morin.

Recent research suggests that elemol, another component extractable from the fruit, shows promise as a mosquito repellent with similar activity to DEET in contact and residual repellency.
With these compounds present in the fruit, and potentially also the wood, I'd be reluctant to try it in one of my tanks.
 
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