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Driftwood...?!

So I went to vacation with my hubby to WI and as usual I went to check out an antique store, there I found a little piece of driftwood for like a buck and it's perfect for my 2.5. It was a little dusty and looks like malaysian driftwood so I thought why not try it. It is very light piece of wood and it's been soaking for like 3 days now but it won't sink
So my question is if I let it sit for another week will it sink? If not any suggestions on how to make it sink? What other thing should I look out for that might tell me it's not a good idea to put it in the tank?

I will boil it before putting it in the tank, because I want to get rid of some tannins.

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Most of all I think you need to be concerned about rotting. If it doesn't rot it should eventually sink, but weigh it down with something. The water pressure will be greater at the bottom of whatever ur soaking it in than at the top. This will cause it to become water logged faster.


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Sometimes it takes weeks for them to absorb enough water to sink. 3 days is just the start! Boiling it will kill any nasties in the wood. It also helps release any tannins in it.

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Most of all I think you need to be concerned about rotting. If it doesn't rot it should eventually sink, but weigh it down with something. The water pressure will be greater at the bottom of whatever ur soaking it in than at the top. This will cause it to become water logged faster.
That mine concern too so thats why I have it soaking in a container for now and planing to do this for at least 2 weeks. I also do have a big rock on top of it to keep it down.
How do you tell if wood might rot?


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WI eh? ( ; Let is soak for a week/month then boil it for a couple minutes to kill the "nasties" and you should be good! Just make sure it isn't rotting.

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Sometimes it takes weeks for them to absorb enough water to sink. 3 days is just the start! Boiling it will kill any nasties in the wood. It also helps release any tannins in it.
A month?! I hope it will take a bit less than a month i am so impatient...
I always boil all the wood I get, to kill all the nasties and release tannins, I even have a special pot for it. LOL


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WI eh? ( ; Let is soak for a week/month then boil it for a couple minutes to kill the "nasties" and you should be good! Just make sure it isn't rotting.
WI is awesome! This was my first visit but not the last, my hubby's stepdad has a cottage just out side Hayward so this will be our yearly thing now. The outdoors are beautiful in WI

How do I know if the wood is rotting? What should I look for?


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It will start getting soft if it's rotting.
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