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kritas 03-31-2008 12:14 AM

Can't get driftwood to stay down...
 
I'm having a problem keeping the driftwood i bought at the bottom of the tank when i fill it up...
Any suggestions here?

Dave66 03-31-2008 12:36 AM

You'll have to drain the tank to do it, but if you get some aquarium epoxy (I believe Aqua Stik is a brand), you can glue rounded stones at the ends of the wood (where you want the wood to sit on your gravel) until it sinks. Takes about a day for the epoxy to fully cure.
Rounded stones will look better, and epoxy is far better to use than silicone, as the latter tends to decay due to the weight of the stones over time.

Dave

kritas 03-31-2008 12:41 AM

What about with substrate... Is there anything other than gravel i can use for substrate, as in something a plant will actually hold on to. I'm abit skeptical on the matter of having soil or other earthy substrates in a tank. But thats only cause i've never done it before...

BTW i like the epoxy idea, i've seen it before cause my dad has it in his toolbox but had no idea they made aquarium versions. (theres something for everything these days... :D )

Dave66 03-31-2008 01:43 AM

My substrates are rather complex and can go badly wrong if you don't know what you're doing, but you can certainly use just a planted substrate like Eco-Complete. Its a dark and rather sandy, and will make your fish colors really pop. They and the other major planted tank substrate Flourite contain chelated iron, potassium and other minerals necessary for plant growth.
If you wish, I can email you four text files I've written on four groups of plants: swords, bulb, stem and Cryptocorynes. They will tell you all you need to know about substrates, lights and Co2. I also have an expansive book list. PM me if you want any of them.

Dave

Flashygrrl 03-31-2008 05:36 AM

How long did you soak it for? If you didn't soak it first and you don't want it floating around your tank take it out and soak it somewhere else.

kritas 03-31-2008 08:39 AM

I have to soak driftwood first to get it to sink to the bottom? Does this have anything to do with the fact that driftwood still has air in it that's why it can "drift".(yr 12, you'd think i'd remember these things lol) thanks Flashygrrl

fish_4_all 03-31-2008 02:17 PM

If you have the patience to let regular gravel become seeded enough to support good plant growth you really need nothing else. The only real plants that need a fine substrate are gorund cover Like HC and Pellia.

As for the driftwood, I had to boil mine like 20 times before it sank like a rock to the bottom.

kritas 03-31-2008 03:59 PM

A FEW MORE DUMB Q's
 
So i have to boil it, I can't just soak it in cold water??? Ok cool, but will i have to do this same practice with every piece of driftwood, and will i have to do it to a piece of driftwood if I don't use it in water for like a year?

kritas 03-31-2008 06:51 PM

So I've been boiling it for over an hour now and nothings happened. Am i supposed to let it soak for like a day or something?

Flashygrrl 03-31-2008 07:34 PM

Some people boil it, some just soak it forever. Eventually it will sink.


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