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How to Anchor Live Plants to Driftwood for a Natural Décor Scheme

Driftwood adds a distinct look to an aquarium. To make sure you pull off this style right, follow our tips for properly using driftwood as a live plant anchor.

When it comes to creating a natural décor scheme in your planted tanks, there are many little things you can do. Choosing a natural substrate like sand or gravel is a great place to start but your options do not end there. One of the best things you can do to cultivate a natural appearance for your planted tank is to anchor some of your live plants to pieces of driftwood. The effects are amazing and the process is surprisingly simple.

Preparing your Driftwood

Before you even think about adding a piece of driftwood to your aquarium you need to make sure it is properly prepared. Untreated driftwood may contain dirt, debris, and even harmful substances that could have a negative impact on your aquarium – this is why you need to prepare, or “cure”, the driftwood before you use it. The first step is to thoroughly scrub the driftwood with a bristle brush to remove any dirt or debris from the surface. After cleaning the wood you then need to soak it for a period of one to two weeks so all of the harmful chemicals leech out of it.

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Sorry, but what is the actual point of this stub posted here ?

While I appreciate the initiative to provide good articles at entry level, this looks more like spam or clickbait. Please consider these suggestions to improve the actual article for this site. Hope you see them as constructive feedback.

The article in the link provides little value compared to actual threads on this forum.

DON'T CLICK THE LINK . 563 words for the big revelation :
Tie them with black thread.

What about glue? What is a safe glue ?
Should mesh be used ?
What would be good for mosses ?
Put them near other plants until they attach ?

Some of the best plants to use with driftwood are those that have sturdy roots
So should the reader anchor Echinodorus and Cryptocoryne ? Those have plenty of big roots

Place the plants in the desired arrangement and then tie the roots to the driftwood using dark-colored thread
How would one tie the roots of a java fern with thread??? They are really fine and in most cases small. Do you mean the rhizome ? Should one really thighted the rope ?

Add some images of the process or event better a video.

What about talking with actual members of the forum and asking them to write articles for this site. Most of them know plenty of stuff, you just have to shine the reflector on them.
Write interviews with the members of this forum... would be interesting to find out about the story and passions veteran members.Their aproach to planted aquariums, aquascaping, plant selection. Both new and old members would be interested.
Have a selected aquarium / plant of the month featured on the home page.
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I agree that some of the more experienced posters (especially those who are experts in certain areas) could collaborate to create some great guides. After peer review by many you could finalize something like this then it could 'make it to the front page' once the community deems it worthy. I stress that I think it's important for such articles to be reviewed and scrutinized before being made so mainstream. They should be entirely factual and generally accepted as correct by the community.

Articles that are misleading or confusing in any way should not be on the front page

Some of the most knowledgeable and successful planted tank owners are on this forum - IMO they should be the ones contributing to articles that appear on the front page.

As a whole IMO you should have more 'stickied' threads that are deemed to be the most useful threads / posts on the site. There are so many examples of where this would benefit people. For example you could have a comprehensive guide to different lighting fixtures, filtration methods, cycling a tank, aquascaping, etc The community could contribute and constantly evolve these articles and they could easily be accessed by everyone. Instead of some kid creating 100 posts of the same crap 'what is the best light', 'what is the best filter' they could just click on a sticky at the top of the 'equipment' forum and have all the info right there.
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I think dukydaf and klibs accurately convey the feelings of the entire community. At least for those of us who are in the never ending search of knowledge. I support their message 100%.

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