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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-18-2010, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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Sinking driftwood?

I have a piece of wood that someone gave me with my tank. It was in the tank before, but I am not sure if it floated or not. I let it sit out for about 3 weeks while I was workign on the new tank. Now, I cannot get it to sink. It has been submerged for about 3 months and it still floats. Should I just give up on it. It is to big to boil. I have it in one of those large 10 gallon rubbermaid tubs now and it takes up every bit of that. I do not have a pot that big, nor do I think the stove I have could get it hot enough if I did.

I think it might have just been a piece of firewood that looked like a stump, so someone threw it in a tank.
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If that "stump" is well cured, no bark on it, probably turned gray in color, you can attach pieces of slate or granite tiles to the bottom and keep it from floating that way. I did a piece that way, using stainless steel screws to hold pieces of granite tile on the bottom. It worked fine, and after several months the wood would still float without the "ballast".

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Like I said, I think it is more of a piece of interesting firewood, but all the bark is off of it. I checked it again today. It was covered in green algae/moss/slime stuff. I cleaned it up real good with a hose and put it back in clean water. I will see about getting some weights for it.

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I just recently (this last weekend) solved a similar problem by drilling deep holes in my driftwood and inserting Stainless Steel bars into it. Took 3 10" long by 1/2"dia bars to make it sink, but it worked. Of course, I had the SS laying around, but shouldn't cost more than 10-20 bucks to buy. This also assumes your driftwood has large enough 'straight' section to drill into.

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