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Can't get driftwood to stay down...
Old 03-31-2008, 09:01 PM   #11
 
I boiled mine for about an hour, after letting it cool to room temperature it sank rather easily.
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Old 04-01-2008, 12:13 AM   #12
 
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I just came back from LFS and its half sunken cool.

Arrogant yet ignorant LFS. They think that cause its a 2 story store and it has 3 breeding rooms that they better than everyone else. I told them about fishforum.com and how I get advice of experienced fish keepers, and they started laughing saying, You don't know who is over the internet, don't trust people from the internet. Was about to connect my fist to the Jerks head!
Stupid LFS trash-talkers. (sorry bout the language, but its infuriatiing!)
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Old 04-01-2008, 05:19 AM   #13
 
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Easy there. Yeah, the LFS people like to tell people not to believe stuff off the internet (because you know 20 people over one person CAN'T be right....). See, it just ends up cutting down on their bottom line because they don't sell as much stuff that won't work out when people do their research first.

Still, I wouldn't completely dismiss some of their employees knowledge. Just make sure it matches up to our opinions first :)
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Old 04-01-2008, 06:03 AM   #14
 
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The first thing I did when i walked in there was "I like to do extensive research before I get addicted to a hobby''. They kept trying to tell me everything I was saying was wrong. I demonstrated some of my knowledge of C02 injection I learnt from you guys, and the person there was speechless. Obviously noone with their own mind had ever walked into that store before me...
I'm sabotaging my own thread lol, better stop now)
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Old 04-01-2008, 09:35 PM   #15
 
Hi all, I have 6 tanks going all with driftwood for my plecos to rasp on. Sometimes the driftwood can leach out tanins which will make the water look a bit dark. That usually wont hurt the fish but might make the ph go down abit so watch that. Here in the states Petco now sells driftwood already sunken in a tank. the price isnt to bad either depending on the size you want. I got 4 pieces about 6-8 inches long for $4 each. I have bare bottom tanks so cant say much about the substrate BUT do a search on usisng kitty litter YUP you heard me. The Planted tank forum I think has some info also. Its used by quite a few folks who have been into plants a long time. Now you have to get a certain kind so read articles first buy later.lol Her its cheap at Walmart I hear something like $3 or 4 for 25 lbs. Its the red bag litter I think. Well havent been here in a while and glad to be back. Good luck with the driftwood.
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:03 PM   #16
 
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Hey Mick welcome to the forums, Unfortunately I live in Australia where Petco doesn't exist, so i have to sink my own driftwood lol. Thanks for the info anyway, but what are tannins?
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:11 PM   #17
 
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Tanins are a natural substance found in some trees. It leeches out and lower the pH as well as coloring the water, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot.
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:48 PM   #18
 
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Just keep an eye on your ph, usually it won't lower enough to hurt the fish.
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Old 04-02-2008, 06:04 PM   #19
 
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I like everyone elses ideas, but I took the simple approach. I floated mine in a bucket for a while (at least 2 or 3 weeks) and could never get it to sink or become water logged. I went ahead and put it in my tank and just propped a large rock up next to it. I used a very large piece of wood and everytime I wanted to move it, it still floated even after months. So if you don't want to wait forever on a large piece to sink, I recommend just using something to weigh it down or hold it down with a rock. Oh yeah, a big piece of wood looks good standing up in the corner with a large rock propped up against it, making a great hideout for large cichlids(or any other sketchy fish)!!!
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Old 04-02-2008, 06:11 PM   #20
 
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Also, another way I guess to hold it down is just to dry it off, and silicone a big rock to the bottom of your dirftwood (making sure the silicone is aquarium safe and it says it on the packaging) This works great aswell as I have found out in the last couple of days.
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