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mrmosin 09-14-2009 02:15 PM

My drift wood floats
 
I have 2 nice pieces of drift wood that floats. How do I get them to sink? Could there be too much solid wood? :-(

Calmwaters 09-14-2009 02:18 PM

How long have you had them in the water? What kind of driftwood is it? Some types have to soak for a while to get water logged before it will sink. You could try weighting it down with an aguarium safe rock.

MoneyMitch 09-14-2009 02:21 PM

sorry but i had to laugh at the name of the thread...... anyways wood by nature floats untill its waterlogged then itll sink. wood is porous and in those pores there is air. when you drop it immediately into your tank that air is still trapped so it floats. and just a little advice boil you wood for about 15 minutes to avoid any headache down the road. just throw it in a bucket put a rock on it and let it set for about a week if your not gonna boil it. Money

ChristinaRoss 09-14-2009 03:26 PM

i had to boil my driftwood for hours to finally get it to sink and that was after soaking it and changing th water daily for 2 weeks, believe me BOIL IT itll sink much faster AND get all the tannins outso your tank wont turn brown. boil it and change the water about every hour and keep doin that until the water is clear. itll then sink and stay crystal clear in your tank with no brown tannins in your water

hope that helps

MoneyMitch 09-14-2009 09:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChristinaRoss (Post 243238)
i had to boil my driftwood for hours to finally get it to sink and that was after soaking it and changing th water daily for 2 weeks, believe me BOIL IT itll sink much faster AND get all the tannins outso your tank wont turn brown. boil it and change the water about every hour and keep doin that until the water is clear. itll then sink and stay crystal clear in your tank with no brown tannins in your water

hope that helps


do water changes everyu hour on his tank?!?!?!?!?!?! dude what are you talking about you should NEVER DO THAT EVER!!!!!!!! if you follow his advice of putting it in ur tank and doing water changes every hr your gunna have some stressed fish DO NOT DO IT!!!! just boil it then drop it in ur tank and presto your good to go.

volkspider 09-14-2009 09:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MoneyMitch (Post 243408)
do water changes everyu hour on his tank?!?!?!?!?!?! dude what are you talking about you should NEVER DO THAT EVER!!!!!!!! if you follow his advice of putting it in ur tank and doing water changes every hr your gunna have some stressed fish DO NOT DO IT!!!! just boil it then drop it in ur tank and presto your good to go.

I think he meant changing the water the driftwood was soaking in (i.e., in some separate vessel; not the water in the aquarium).

ChristinaRoss 09-14-2009 09:57 PM

yes as i stated, boil it, and as you BOIL it keep changing the water, you can put driftwood in a tank unboiled and the tannins will leech out, but the brown water(tannins) wont hurt the fish, it just doesnt look too appealing IMO

MoneyMitch 09-14-2009 10:10 PM

opps sry guys thats what i get for trollin the forums under the influence lol


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