Driftwood For Aquariums & Fish Tanks

Why can’t you just stick any old piece of driftwood into your fish tank or aquarium? Because even though it might seem harmless enough, it could actually end up seriously harming your fish, especially if you’ve taken it from the beach. Driftwood could be sharp or contaminated, and adding this to your tank could be potentially dangerous. But this doesn’t mean that driftwood for a fish tank is a bad idea. In fact, it can be a great addition that your fish will love, as long as you choose a piece carefully. Manzanita is a popular choice, and we’ve taken this into consideration in our list. With this in mind, we’ve selected some different types of driftwood that will be completely safe for your fish, and included them below:

All natural wood will leach tannins gradually, which could be troublesome for your fish. So before we start the list, here is a note on how to use driftwood in a fish tank:

  • Soak wood in a different container before using in aquarium
  • Do this for a few days to ensure all toxins have been removed
  • Wait until the water in the container no longer becomes discolored when the wood is in the water
  • Now it’s safe to use with your fish!

Marina Decor Mangrove



This decoration aims to mimic the style of a mangrove root that could wash up on a beach, and is an ideal piece for inquisitive fish to interact with. Not only will it resemble the kind of driftwood that your fish would find it it’s natural environment, it is also perfect for fish that enjoy swimming through spaces in their fish tank. This item has an average rating of 4 stars on Amazon from almost 150 reviews, with many of the reviewers commenting on how well received the driftwood was by their fish. If you’d like to find out more about this item, and read some more of the Amazon reviews, click on the green button above.


SubstrateSource Cholla Driftwood



The detail of this driftwood makes it a personal favorite of ours at FishTankBank, and the modest price tag is also an attractive aspect of this piece. All 3 pieces shown are included with your purchase, each of which can be used safely in your fish tank. Your fish will enjoy the realistic detail on the driftwood, and it will look great for your fish tank. This item has an average Amazon rating of 4 stars from almost 50 reviews, making it a very highly rated piece. If you’d like to read some of these reviews and find out more about this piece, click on the green button above.

Zilla Malaysian Driftwood



This driftwood ornament has an extremely realistic and natural look, which is perfect for fish tanks and for owners who want to create a natural style for their tank. This driftwood is designed to be submerged underwater, and it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals that will be dangerous to your fish. Another great aspect of this driftwood is that no 2 pieces are the same, so you will have a completely unique piece of wood that nobody else will have! It has an Amazon rating of 4 stars from nearly 300 reviewers, and if you’d like to read some of these reviews, click on the green button above.

Zoo Med Mopani Wood

This is a beautiful 2 color hardwood from Africa, designed to be the focal point of any aquarium that it inhabits. The wood looks very real, but has a smooth feel that makes it perfectly safe for any fish. The textured look of the driftwood makes it look very realistic, which will delight your fish. Here are the main reasons we love this driftwood:

  • Natural look – genuinely looks real
  • Will sink immediately – won’t float and cause issues for your fish
  • Rot resistant – ensures the health and safety of your fish tank
  • Sandblasted clean – ensures cleanliness
  • Approximately 8 inches in size


Top Fin Greenery Driftwood

Driftwood covered in greenery looks extra realistic, which is why we love this piece from Top Fin. This is Polynesian driftwood, which sounds fancy (and frankly, is pretty luxurious). The greenery is intertwined in crevices and holes, which provide great hiding places for fish who like to stay hidden in their tanks (like Bettas). Here are the main features of this driftwood:

  • Hollowed – allows fish to swim inside and enjoy privacy
  • Greenery – looks realistic and helps fish feel more at home
  • Brown and green coloring – mimics the natural habitat of fish
  • Dimensions – 5.45 inches x 22 inches x 9 inches


Top Fin Dark Brown Driftwood

Much of the driftwood that we’ve had so far has been pretty light in color, so it’s nice to have some contrast with this darker piece. If you’re keeping fish who enjoy hiding, like Betta fish, then you’ll often find that they prefer to spend time around dark objects. So this piece of wood is perfect for them! Here is why else we love it:

  • Realistic – like all the driftwood in this list!
  • Made from Polyresin – a safe and simple to maintain material
  • 13 inches x 7.5 inches x 6 inches



Top Fin Light Driftwood

This piece of wood is available in 2 sizes, larger and extra large – so only get this ornament if you have the space for it! However if you have the room for it, I’d say go for it, because it’s a really great looking piece. Not only does it look very realistic and natural, it also has a hole in the middle where fish can hide if they like. Here’s what else we love about this ornament:

  • Natural looking
  • Made from Polyresin
  • Large dimensions – 8.06 inches x 16 inches x 9.25 inches
  • Extra large dimensions – 8.74 inches x 15.75 inches x 10.43 inches



So there is a list of some great driftwood for your fish tank. Driftwood can look great in a tank, but grabbing any piece from the beach could be dangerous for your fish. The pieces above are all safe for use underwater, and will look great in your tank. Feel free to check out some of the other items we have here on FishTankBank!