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pullin' out the big sticks...

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so, i've had this GINORMOUS stick (branch, really) sitting in my garage for the past four years or so,
i think in sixth grade i found it in my yard and really liked the color of it, so i lugged it up to the porch, dad got me a pocketknife and some sandpaper, and i got pretty much all the bark and small branches off of it over the course of a few weeks.
i was going to use it as a walking stick (HA, this mother must be six, almost seven feet tall in length).
but really, i don't ever have a need for a walking stick? i walk a lot, but i don't like carrying anything with me, so it was banished to the garage.
so the idea came to me that i could make a FOREST in my next tank (which i'm getting next week!) by cutting this thing into segments and planting them vertically in the substrate. i'd soak them first.

i think i remember being told it was ash? but maybe not. it's definitely hardwood, though.

so, questions:
  1. what should i use to cut it? not really wanting to use power tools, would a handsaw or an axe be better?
  2. should i keep each segment the same length (was thinking maybe 10'' each, they're going in a ten gallon tank), or should i vary them by an inch or so?
thanks in advance,
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PS: here's the behemoth (sorry for crap picture quality):

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1. Dunno, sorry.
2. Vary the lengths. Don't glue two "branches" exactly the same place on either side of the "mother" stick. And make sure the branches are all around the mother stick.
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Gardeners use a tree saw for trimming branches. Someone near you may have one. They have fairly coarse teeth. An axe or hatchet leaves a very rough end - not recommended. A carpenter's hand saw is a decent second choice.
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1. Dunno, sorry.
2. Vary the lengths. Don't glue two "branches" exactly the same place on either side of the "mother" stick. And make sure the branches are all around the mother stick.
1. it's all good. i was mostly asking DIY-masters.
2. i wasn't planning on gluing them together to make a tree or anything. maybe a picture would help...

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that's what i was thinking.
substrate, wood, plants.
baby java fern only because i need a place to grow them out :P
but i might not, since i want cories, and i think the cories would really like knocking them all over the place.
it's now apparent to me that i definitely need to vary the lengths.
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Gardeners use a tree saw for trimming branches. Someone near you may have one. They have fairly coarse teeth. An axe or hatchet leaves a very rough end - not recommended. A carpenter's hand saw is a decent second choice.
cool.
i think my dad might have a tree saw... i'll ask him. we've definitely got a carpenter's hand saw.
thanks!
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CUT IT UP.
my arms hurt, but i feel accomplished.
woo!
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I would get a couple pieces of tile that fits your tank and screw these down to the tile. This will help in keeping them from shifting, if you do lots of small tiles a small bump could really move it around.

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I would get a couple pieces of tile that fits your tank and screw these down to the tile. This will help in keeping them from shifting, if you do lots of small tiles a small bump could really move it around.

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i might. i also might just silicone them to the bottom of the tank. the stuff's easy enough to get off with a razor blade, so.
thanks for the advice
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