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post #1 of 6 Old 10-29-2009, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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I bought a big piece of driftwood and have been soaking it in the bathtub for about 2 weeks now. It won't sink though. It keeps wanting to float. I figure after 2 weeks of soaking it would absorb the water and sink wouldn't it?
Also, some sections of the wood are pretty soft. I can squeeze it and water comes out. Like a sponge sort of, only firmer.
I'm guessing this wood is not going to work for me is it?
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-29-2009, 12:42 PM
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there is someone on here who uses roofing slate or something and secures their wood (lol) :p with a screw so that it doesnt float. cant remember their name hopefully theyll say somethin though.
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-29-2009, 05:20 PM
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Where did you buy your driftwood from? Also do you know what type of wood it actually is? Possibly you could return it and let them know of your problem and see about getting a different type of problem, Or maybe they could help you out with your situation. Good luck, and let us know what happens
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-29-2009, 06:26 PM
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If it is really large, it probably won't work; Mitch's idea is correct (I can't remember who either), but the piece of slate would need to be large, and you bury the slate under the gravel to hold it down, but I've had this not work because the weight of the slate and gravel was insufficient for the size of the wood. If it is the light-coloured wood, I have found it always floats up unless somehow well secured (rocks, etc.).

A reputable fish store will probably exchange it for you, mine will. If they have the dark bogwood, ironwood or mangrove root I belvee it's called, that sinks almost immediately. I use it now.


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post #5 of 6 Old 10-29-2009, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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I doubt they'd let me return it as I broke a branch off of it so that it would fit my tank.
If I was to screw it to some slate, what type of screw would I use? I'm assuming stainless steel?
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post #6 of 6 Old 10-29-2009, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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I should have known the buy was to good to be true. It's a piece about 2x2 ft and I got it for only $35. Usually a piece around here of that size sells for $70-80+ :(
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