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Old 03-08-2005, 12:05 AM   #1
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where to get slate?


I bought a small piece of wood for my 10g, and I have boiled it and soaked it for a while now, and it refuses to sink. I think I am going to have to weigh it down. The actual orientation of the piece makes it so I would want a base anyways (it is shaped like a small stump, but I want the "roots" portion pointing upwards so all that would be buried would be the tapered upper portion).

Anyways, I need some kind of base to weigh it down and help secure it in the substrate. Slate seems like something used often, but I have no idea where to really get a small piece of slate for my purposes? Also, are there any other readily available alternatives to slate for the base?

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Old 03-08-2005, 01:16 AM   #2
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I purchased a slate piece from some driftwood at Home Depot a while back. I'm sure Lowe's and similar competitors would carry it as well. Use a masonry bit to put a small hole where desired, then screw it into the wood. You might even be able to get them to score it and cut it to your desired size...though I didn't do that.
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Old tupperware lids, with a couple holes drilled in and tied on.
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I work in Slatington, PA which was the slate capitol of the country. Anyways, there is slate everywhere here- parking lots, roadsides..... what size piece do you need? I could ship you one using those usps flat rate boxes. PM me and let me know.
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Old tupperware lids, with a couple holes drilled in and tied on.
yes. its much easier and works just as well as slate.
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Tupperware lids are heavy enough to weigh down wood and sink? You coulda fooled me! I'll check that out.

New 2 Fish: thx for the offer, I may take you up on it depending on how things go here.

Anal question: does it matter what kind of screw you use? Metal type, I mean - might change water chem, leach something?
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no, but when you bury them under gravel, the gravel on top holds the wood in place.
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This is the sound of me slapping my forehead.

thx, I'll definitely give it a try.
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Also, I use an old undergravel filter plate. I cut it to fit the section of the tank that I was planning to put it in, then attached it to the wood. After that covered it with gravel. This works a lot like the tuperware idea.

If you still want slate, I would check a local rock quarry or place to get outdoor flooring. There is a place by me that lets me get small rocks for pratically nothing. I paid $10 for a rock that I busted up that filled my 120 gallon.
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I like the tupperware idea and will definitely try that the next time I have the need.

To answer the question about the screw type, when I did it, I did spring for the "expensive" stainless steel screws. I'm sure it cost me an extra 25 cents or so.
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