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bigk_54 12-11-2008 09:02 PM

Ok yes I searched and yes I read......

Ok I have this piece of driftwood that has been out of water for a good couple years! I see that I have to boil it. It is only about 12x7x4 roughly, so how long and how many times should I boil it? Also after I boil it how long do I need it to soak in a bucket of water. I just don't know since it has been out of the water so long that is why I am asking all these ? and because of the size. Thank you all!

aunt kymmie 12-11-2008 09:11 PM

If it was my piece of driftwood I'd boil it for about 15 minutes and then I'd put it in a plastic tub filled with water and weight it down with something until it was so waterlogged it wouldn't float. Once it no longer floated I'd put it in my tank. At least that's what I did with mine!

iamntbatman 12-12-2008 12:19 AM

Agreed. Although, if it's a piece of driftwood sold for aquarium use (like Malaysian driftwood or mopani rootwood) then it's likely still dense enough to sink without being waterlogged.

bigk_54 12-12-2008 04:10 PM

No it's a straight up piece of driftwood from Canada. How long does it take to water log it?!

iamntbatman 12-12-2008 04:26 PM

It depends on a lot of things. Generally though, the less the density of the wood, the longer it will take to waterlog it.

Tyyrlym 12-15-2008 08:25 AM

Safe answer, a couple of weeks at least. If you don't wanna wait you can tie it down to some rocks in your aquarium and let it water log in there, it can be a lot of hassle though and not too attractive.

SinCrisis 12-16-2008 03:16 PM

u could let it just float around in ur tank too... and itll sink eventually

Cody 12-16-2008 06:48 PM

Or even get a piece of slate or something heavy, and drill it to the wood.

WisFish 12-17-2008 12:35 PM

I had a piece of driftwood from Canada that never would stay down. I see them in stores with a piece of slate attached to the underside as Cody stated.

SinCrisis 12-17-2008 01:54 PM

some people have been able to stack rocks to anchor it if you don't wanna tie it and then untie it later

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