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holding driftwood down

Aside from slate and setting rocks on top of the wood. What do you guys do to hold down driftwood... Im looking for all different ideas...

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you could try using string and attaching it to a large rock. you could put it so that the rock doesn't have to be on top to hold down the DW. What size piece of wood are you talking about?

You could also try soaking it until it's completely absorbed water and will sink. You could attach it to a rock via string and once it can sink on it's own you won't need to attach it to anything

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Boiling is an option people use too. It also kills any bacteria inside the wood. Is this piece of wood found in nature or did you purchase it from a store?


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you could try using string and attaching it to a large rock. you could put it so that the rock doesn't have to be on top to hold down the DW. What size piece of wood are you talking about?

You could also try soaking it until it's completely absorbed water and will sink. You could attach it to a rock via string and once it can sink on it's own you won't need to attach it to anything

http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums...d.php?t=116027

Boiling is an option people use too. It also kills any bacteria inside the wood. Is this piece of wood found in nature or did you purchase it from a store?
its two peices of gnarled manzy that i bought from tom barr
they are medium sized and angled weird not sitting flat on bottom

how long would the average 20x20" peice of manzy take to waterlog?

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I have never done it. Perhaps someone else around the forums has. I believe boiling it for a couple of hours will help water log it.


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It can take anywhere from a day to a week IME. Some pieces might be a bit more pesky. Depends on the pieces, but I suggest folks soak them for a good week prior to use, then a stone to hold them down. After a week's worth of soaking, they are much easier to place and keep in the spot you want.

If you have a specific angle you are after, then drilling or cutting some wood, or the extras, can help "shim" the piece/s to the correct angle, pre drill the holes and then use some screws or nails etc.

You can also screw slate or other flat rock on to the wood in other postions, then remove later. Straps and ties have not been particularly good IME.

Soak first though, then add.

I like the burl base trimmings which take the longest to fully sink, I soak them a longer time, but many just slate them. Either way.




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For a few pieces I didn't want to put slate/limestone on, I drilled out a big hole in the base and hammered a rock or two into them that was heavy enough to make them sink.
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I buy mine pre sunk, so to speak, so I don't have to worry about it.
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I've got a wine bottle holding mine down, LOL!


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yea, just boil and soak it and it will not float
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I use handmade ceramic bottles.


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I use the galvanized elbows for metal pipes at home depot, and put a zip tie through it.

I dont know how long it took to get it down, but after a month I noticed it wasnt comming up any more.


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