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post #1 of 11 Old 10-26-2013, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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Sinking Driftwood

For those who've sunk driftwood, how long did your take to sink?

I got 2 smallish pieces to tie my anubius and java fern to and I got picky about what pieces I wanted and now I suddenly don't want to bury them. Lol I was gonna have them soak until Monday(water change day) and if they haven't sunk, I'll cave and bury them a bit.

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post #2 of 11 Old 10-26-2013, 10:02 PM
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I've usually been able to get driftwood that sinks. I did get three pieces free with a tank that I never could get to sink! Most of my driftwood is mopani, which is very dense and the one (huge) non-mopani piece I have in my 125 only had to soak about a day to become just slightly negatively buoyant.

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post #3 of 11 Old 10-26-2013, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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My main pieces are mopani
I had gotten these smaller pieces because they were $3 a piece and to tie my java fern/anubius to

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post #4 of 11 Old 10-27-2013, 06:48 AM
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Mopani in my experience almost always sinks immediately. It does have a habit of having lots of tannins though.

I have had one piece of unidentified driftwood that's taken about 3 months to sink, and it still has to be partially buried to avoid it floating a bit.
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post #5 of 11 Old 10-27-2013, 11:22 AM
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You can always get stainless steel screws and secure the wood to a base piece of rock (drill a hole in the rock using a masonry bit, depending on the rock's hardness), or you can simply secure the wood to a piece of acrylic and just bury the acrylic base under the substrate to hold the wood down - if it's not too buoyant. Make certain any screws are stainless steel, preferable rated for a marine environment.

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post #6 of 11 Old 10-27-2013, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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I should clarify, the pieces in my tank are mopani
the pieces that I am trying to sink are most likely not

They haven't sunk yet. They were in a bucket nearly an entire day and weighted underwater overnight. I'm giving them a boil this morning as I read it sometimes helps "uncorking" dry pieces.

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post #7 of 11 Old 10-27-2013, 05:11 PM
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one small piece of my wood took around 4 days to sink,it just floated
around the tank happily minding it's own business ,then begrudgingly sank.
this bit of wood does this every time without fail,when i have dried it out,
and stored it away for another time.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #8 of 11 Old 10-27-2013, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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well boiling doesn't seem to have helped. I just decided to let it float around the tank until tomorrow. if it's still floating, I'll partially bury it and check back up on it next week during water changes.

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post #9 of 11 Old 10-28-2013, 09:22 PM
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In my experience every piece of Mopani wood I have ever had wouldn't sink till they got water logged really good. No matter how big or small. Some would take a couple o!f days to a couple of weeks. The few pieces of Malaysian driftwood I have sank from day one..

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post #10 of 11 Old 10-28-2013, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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I ended up burying the pieces. And I think I like them better buried. Seems much more natural


I tried to get a shot of the Willow Java Fern, but it came out rather reflective :P
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