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Oak Board in Aquarium

I'm trying to find some cheap yet inflexible plastic to attach my driftwood to and I was wondering if anyone has ever tried using oak boards for this purpose. Oak is supposed to be safe from what I've read and since it's lumber it would have been kiln dried which would have dried it out like it would in nature, or so I assume. I know it's a strange idea but I'm wondering if this would actually work. Definitely easier to find an oak board or two at the lumber yard that trying to find plastic. Any input, comments, etc are highly appreciated.

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I'm trying to find some cheap yet inflexible plastic to attach my driftwood to and I was wondering if anyone has ever tried using oak boards for this purpose. Oak is supposed to be safe from what I've read and since it's lumber it would have been kiln dried which would have dried it out like it would in nature, or so I assume. I know it's a strange idea but I'm wondering if this would actually work. Definitely easier to find an oak board or two at the lumber yard that trying to find plastic. Any input, comments, etc are highly appreciated.

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Why not just glue it to a flat rock?
At least that doesn't float..

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guess it depends what you want to do w/ it..

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Why not just glue it to a flat rock?
At least that doesn't float..
Unfortunately my driftwood arrangement is about 18" by 30+" ... quite large. Trying up find a flat rock big enough might be difficult. If I were to use oak boards I would bury these under several inches of gravel to hold things in place.

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I think the oak would probably leach tannins,just like oak leaves.If you don't mind the PH dropping as in a south american biotope it'd be fine.

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Unfortunately my driftwood arrangement is about 18" by 30+" ... quite large. Trying up find a flat rock big enough might be difficult. If I were to use oak boards I would bury these under several inches of gravel to hold things in place.

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Slate works well for this.
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Why not just glue it to a flat rock?
At least that doesn't float..

Or..............
Tile:
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/20...nterpiece.html

guess it depends what you want to do w/ it..
Tile might work ... good idea to consider.

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I might go for slate tile as it blends well and is somewhat soft to drill with masonry bits.
But there might also be value in " Plexiglass" style plastic. Easy to find at big box lumber stores as it is used for window glass replacement.
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A cheap ceramic tile will work too.


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Besides the tannin issue the oak would eventually start to decompose and be a detriment to water conditions. The rock or tile idea would be much better. Even your original idea of a piece of large, flat plastic. I can see where something as simple as an ice cream pail lid laid flat and covered with substrate would be a fairly substantial anchor.
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I imagine an oak board would float, just as a piece of driftwood would float. Might be more trouble than a solution . . .
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I think an oak board would just barely not float up if buried under your substrate. It would not be able to do much to stop your driftwood from doing the same.

I use plastic takeout lids:



They work great when filled with a couple of heavy rocks. Recently learned that they don't work so well if just filled with substrate, at least not for the piece in that photo.

EDIT: Large pieces can be held down with multiple takeout container lids.
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I wanted to put two pieces of fairly large driftwood in my 90 so it looked like a cypress knee. Had to use a large piece of slate to hold them down. I had put them on small pieces but even loaded with gravel on top they floated.I fear your idea of using wood won't hold it down even with gravel on top since the oak will float.

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