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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-18-2005, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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How to get driftwood to sink

Ive picked up a couple of piecses of driftwood from the beach and was wondering how u get them to sink???? Also becasue its from the ocean how do i get the slt out of it???Ove heard some people boil it. Does this work??? The wood is goin into my 15g when i get it up and running and willl have various anubias species grwing on it.
But its no good if it floats so some help would be appreciated.
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Hi Dylan,

I bought mine from LFS and soak it in the sink for couple of weeks. The first few days, the water is really tanned and toward the 2nd week it start looks quite clear. When the water clear, then the driftwood sink. Maybe there is some scientific reason behind it, but that just my personal experience.

I am not sure about the driftwood you picked from the beach tho, I am a bit concern about the salt and the bacteria that might be there. I read somewhere that you need to boiled it to clean any bacteria and salt from the driftwood.

I am sure someone will give you a better answer.
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All will work, I boiled mine, it will help to leach the tannin out of the wood as well (kinda makes your tank look like icedtea) plus boiling will take care of any hitchickers and should get the salt out of the wood as well. You will probabally not want to use a good pot however I have heard of it leaving a ring from the tannin
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clean it good (boil, bake, pressure washer, etc),
get a big 20 gallon container,
fill it with water,
put wood in it,
add some weight (think bricks),
change water whenever it gets too dark,
after a while the wood will sink

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I used the boil, then soak 3 weeks method. Then let it dry out and used aquarium sealant to glue it to a piece of slate. Hasn't moved yet!

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thanks guys, how long should i boil it for???
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Put it in a bucket in your bathtub. Just fill it up with hot water. Every hour, drain the bucket and re-fill it with hot water. Last rinse remember to use Prime or something equivalent.
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I have 2 pieces of driftwood in my 55 gallon. First I boiled them for about 5 hours total, changing the water when it starts to get too dark (about 3 or 4 times total) Then I rinse them off in cold water and drop them in my tank. They all sink without any problems (yours might not sink in boiling water, but it will sink once it cools down). When you boil it there's no tannins leaking out once it's in your tank, so your water stays crystal clear, but you might have to boil it again after about a year.
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thanks ive got it on the boil now and ive changed the water twice. i suppose in total its been on for 2 hours so ive got a while to go!!!!!!!!!
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