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post #1 of 10 Old 12-11-2008, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Driftwood.....

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Ok I have this piece of driftwood that has been out of water for a good couple years! I see that I have to boil it. It is only about 12x7x4 roughly, so how long and how many times should I boil it? Also after I boil it how long do I need it to soak in a bucket of water. I just don't know since it has been out of the water so long that is why I am asking all these ? and because of the size. Thank you all!
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-11-2008, 09:11 PM
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If it was my piece of driftwood I'd boil it for about 15 minutes and then I'd put it in a plastic tub filled with water and weight it down with something until it was so waterlogged it wouldn't float. Once it no longer floated I'd put it in my tank. At least that's what I did with mine!

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post #3 of 10 Old 12-12-2008, 12:19 AM
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Agreed. Although, if it's a piece of driftwood sold for aquarium use (like Malaysian driftwood or mopani rootwood) then it's likely still dense enough to sink without being waterlogged.

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post #4 of 10 Old 12-12-2008, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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No it's a straight up piece of driftwood from Canada. How long does it take to water log it?!
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-12-2008, 04:26 PM
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It depends on a lot of things. Generally though, the less the density of the wood, the longer it will take to waterlog it.

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post #6 of 10 Old 12-15-2008, 08:25 AM
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Safe answer, a couple of weeks at least. If you don't wanna wait you can tie it down to some rocks in your aquarium and let it water log in there, it can be a lot of hassle though and not too attractive.

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post #7 of 10 Old 12-16-2008, 03:16 PM
u could let it just float around in ur tank too... and itll sink eventually
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-16-2008, 06:48 PM
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Or even get a piece of slate or something heavy, and drill it to the wood.
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-17-2008, 12:35 PM
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I had a piece of driftwood from Canada that never would stay down. I see them in stores with a piece of slate attached to the underside as Cody stated.
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-17-2008, 01:54 PM
some people have been able to stack rocks to anchor it if you don't wanna tie it and then untie it later
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