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post #1 of 11 Old 03-17-2011, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Question driftwood won't sink

no matter how long i soak it this peice of driftwood i found just won't sink and its driving me nuts. how can i make it sink?

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post #2 of 11 Old 03-17-2011, 09:43 PM
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use fishing line to tie on fishing weights...should sink then :)
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post #3 of 11 Old 03-17-2011, 09:59 PM
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I use fishing line ties to rubber suction pads that stick to the bottom of the tank and covered by substrate. Most pieces will sink but it could take from 24hrs - 10+ years !

I have a piece in my tank that is anchored in the above method and after 3 years it will still bob to the surface if i take the suction pads off.
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post #4 of 11 Old 03-18-2011, 03:51 AM
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I have a piece of driftwood anchored by tying it to a couple of large rocks, using fishing line. Otherwise, it bobs to the top no matter how long I soak it.
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post #5 of 11 Old 03-18-2011, 06:31 AM
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I have a stump in a 56 gal tank that would not sink after months of soaking.
I got a large piece of flat, two inch thick flagstone from lawn center, and used hammer drill to drill a whole through the rock. I then screwed an eight inch stainless steel screw through the rock and into the wood.
Placed it in the tank and covered the base with gravel.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #6 of 11 Old 03-18-2011, 12:20 PM
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DITTO! I put big rocks on top of the pieces of driftwood wherevere it is under the gravel to keep it down. You're not alone!

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post #7 of 11 Old 03-18-2011, 12:26 PM
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Just boil the wood to make it sink.
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post #8 of 11 Old 03-18-2011, 02:07 PM
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I have a stump in a 56 gal tank that would not sink after months of soaking.
I got a large piece of flat, two inch thick flagstone from lawn center, and used hammer drill to drill a whole through the rock. I then screwed an eight inch stainless steel screw through the rock and into the wood.
Placed it in the tank and covered the base with gravel.
Next time use a fiber or plastic screw. No metal in your tank!
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post #9 of 11 Old 03-18-2011, 06:20 PM
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Stainless steel screws are fine , they won't rust
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post #10 of 11 Old 03-25-2011, 01:41 PM
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Just boil the wood to make it sink.
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+1, but it doesnt always work, boiling causes the wood to expand and absorb more water faster, it also releases a lot of the tannins in the wood.
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