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Water logging ADA driftwood

Hey I had a question for anyone who purchased ADA driftwood - how long did you have to soak it to water log it? I have a small tank so I can't really afford to place rocks on it to hold it down. Right now I have it soaking in my sink, been 2 days and still is floating if I take off the rocks holding it down.

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Your looking at weeks or months... Not days although I have not used Ada wood.

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Crud weeks and months, I was afraid of that
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Put it in a large lobster pot on the grill and boil it for a few hours. Place a rock on top of it to hold it down. It should sink within a few hours. If not, turn off the grill during the night and the remaining heat should make it sink completely by the following morning.
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Your looking at weeks or months... Not days although I have not used Ada wood.

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No driftwood should take that long to sink, unless it's a huge thick stump. The thicker the driftwood is, the longer it'll take to sink.
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The stump i have in my tank has been in water soaking before I even had my tank ready and its still not waterlogged. Been a couple months now I think.

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No driftwood should take that long to sink, unless it's a huge thick stump. The thicker the driftwood is, the longer it'll take to sink.
I think it more depends on the wood. I have had some red spider wood, I think its called, in a tank for a month now being held down and it still floats like a boat. Boiling will release the tannins but I have not heard of this water logging a piece any faster but maybe it does.

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I think it more depends on the wood. I have had some red spider wood, I think its called, in a tank for a month now being held down and it still floats like a boat. Boiling will release the tannins but I have not heard of this water logging a piece any faster but maybe it does.

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Boiling driftwood does help it water log because it opens up the pores in the driftwood, allowing it to soak up the water more quickly.
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Weeks or months I'm my experience. I weight it down with rocks or gravel. I can't be bothered to pre soak.


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