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post #11 of 18 Old 07-20-2011, 11:16 AM
If you have a tub, you can set the wood in hot water. It will take on water faster since the heat will cause the wood pores to open up.
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post #12 of 18 Old 07-20-2011, 11:20 AM
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What's wrong with leaving the rocks on top? I'm doing something similiar in one of my tanks.

If you decide to screw slate onto it, look for stainless steel 'surgical screws'.

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post #13 of 18 Old 07-20-2011, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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I'm going to try the tub thing this weekend. Although I may have to attach it to slate because it is a little top heavy. I think it will sink, but not the way I want it to.

The rocks are ugly, they cover holes that would make good caves for the pleco and loaches, and they were already pushed over, so I'm scared of damaging a fish or the tank.

I'm really not looking forward to taking this back out of the tank :(
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post #14 of 18 Old 07-21-2011, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Well this was the worst mistake I ever made, after boling it (hot water in the tub) it became super heavy but not enough to fully sink

it does not have a flat enough bottom to attach to slate, but i tried anyway, no luck, slate broke.

Now the tub is a mess, my apt smells. The wood is on the deck, its just gonna dry out tomorrow because its going to be 100 some degrees out.

My tank is destroyed, and im scared I damaged my pleco, I feel horrible.

If i was to pursue this further, could I:

Unplant the tank, move at least the loaches, pleco, shrimp and gourami to a large storage container with a heater and airstone and work then? I may be able to do it but im scared of stressing the fish further.

I know I sound crazy but I dont want to waste this wood I think its perfect for my tank
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post #15 of 18 Old 07-21-2011, 10:06 PM
well water logging the wood causes it to be heavy, how did you damage your pleco? The smell of boiling wood dissipates fairly quickly, and the tannins come out of the tub easily.

IMO when working on large decor, its always better to remove the fish into a bucket before working on the tank. 5g buckets at home depot are only 2-5 bucks and will help with future maintenance. Also dropping an airstone and doing 50% water changes on the bucket for a couple of days is fine as well. Letting the wood dry will cause you to have to start over again with the water logging process.
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post #16 of 18 Old 07-21-2011, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thats what ill have to do. Ill pull the wood in in the morning before i go to work and soak it in water till Im home. Im going to try and borrow a large tank from a friend so I can mess with positioning it in a tank without disturbing my fish. I think it will work if I buy more slate and find the best way to attach it.

I was careful not to crush anyone with the wood but my pleco was spinning in circles when I was done. He seems fine now though, and looks OK so Ill have to see. I feel so bad
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post #17 of 18 Old 07-22-2011, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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What a day. I attached the driftwood to the slate with a stainless steal screw. Emptied the tank other than half the tetra( suckers are fast) and put in the wood. Re planted/ decorated and when I was finising up I went to make a small change and broke the slate so now it's kinda floating again.

Besides that, I hate it lol. I think it's too big a piece, I liked it in the store and when I first put it in but now I don't. I also lost a rasbora( he was in a bucket with a few tetra and when I went to scope them up he was floating with his guts out of his belly. I wonder if his tetra friends turned on him)

So all in all this was a bad idea. But I don't want to stress the fish further so I will leave it for now. On the plus side, the loaches have alot of spaces to hide now so I see them exploring and playing more often. I'll post a pic tomorrow
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post #18 of 18 Old 07-22-2011, 11:27 PM
So sorry you are having trouble with your tank. Another reason I have been hesitant on adding any large pieces of wood to my 29g.
For my 15g I have bought the 3 pack of grape driftwood for hermit crab enclosures, boiled them, and let them sit in de-chlorinated hot water in an empty bucket for about 24-48 hours. They usually sink okay after that, the fatter stumpier pieces take longer, but I bury an end in the sand, and by time my fish manage to un-bury it, it sinks and is fine. But with the smaller pieces they look good in my 15g, not quite the effect I truly want, but I am afraid of dealing with the bigger pieces for all the reasons you have.
I hope you can come up with a great solution, as large pieces of wood look super nice in tanks. Good Luck.

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Tank 2: (15 gal) empty
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