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Clear silicone or super glue gel to attach spider wood to a piece of slate?

I have a piece of spider wood that I want to attach to a piece of slate to weigh it down. The wood has a somewhat, but not perfectly flat surface. I think that a bit of silicone would hold better than the superglue. If I superglued it, there would only be a couple of contact points, whereas if I siliconed it, I'd have a decent-sized contact area. Any thoughts, ideas? PS it's Aqueon silicone sealer.

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I think you'd want to use the silicone, but why do you need anything just pre-soak the SW and it will leach out tannins and eventually sink on its own.


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I think you'd want to use the silicone, but why do you need anything just pre-soak the SW and it will leach out tannins and eventually sink on its own.
Mostly for security so it doesn't move around. I had it in my 75g for 4-5 months superglued to a rock. when I went to remove it, the rock separated from the wood and the wood did not sink.

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Mostly for security so it doesn't move around. I had it in my 75g for 4-5 months superglued to a rock. when I went to remove it, the rock separated from the wood and the wood did not sink.
For real security drill a hole in the slate, counter sink it and then use a stainless steel screw after pre-driling the wood.

You just need a stone bit, a wood bit and a good drill. Take your time drilling it. To counter sink you can just chip the edges of the hole back a little so that the screw head will not scratch the tank glass. The more buoyant the wood the bigger piece of slate you will need. Works great.

Spider wood will eventually sink on it's own but it can also move if not secured.
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