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So, I just purchased two pieces of driftwood for my soon to come planted tank. Well, I thought I had planned everything out very well, but apparently not, since I now am faced with how to keep the driftwood down. At first I thought I had read something about keeping it submersed long enough would weigh it down and keep it from floating, but after a couple of hours in a sink, they were still floating. I have thought long and hard about how to keep them at the bottom, but I still come up blank. I can't think of anything to tie to them to keep them down, does anyone have any advice/ideas?

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you may have to leave it soaking for a few days depending on the type of wood, or you could silicon it to a piece of slate and wedge the slate under the gravel. that will hold it under
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well there are a number of ways if you look on the forum in search youll find lots it could take days/ weeks/ months for it to sink it varies quite a bit you can drill a piece of slate to the bottom ect there are many ways try to use the search on driftwood there should be tons on it good luck!
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after a couple of hours in a sink, they were still floating. I have thought long and hard about how to keep them at the bottom, but I still come up blank. I can't think of anything to tie to them to keep them down, does anyone have any advice/ideas?
It's a couple of weeks, not hours...

You can try to boil them for a little while, that will remove some of the air. Leave the boiled wood under water until it is cold.

If it doesn't fit into anything then leaving it submerged for a while in a big bucket or pond or so might work.

Some ppl use slate, drill a hole in it, and anchor the wood with ss screws.


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Alright, I'll see what I can do. Unfourtunatly one of the two pieces is too large to put in a pot. But I will try boiling the smaller. You know that waterproof glue that is used to repair cracks in aquariums, well could I use that glue to glue the driftwood down? Since it is made for aquariums it shouldn't alter the PH right? Thank you for your help.
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Well, nevermind, tomorrow I am going to go to home depot and get some screws and something to hold the pieces down. It turns out that that would be the easiest, rather than boiling. Is there a type of metal I shouldn't use? And am I going to have to guess how heavy a piece of slate I should use, or does someone have a complex fourmal to calculate the weight/bouyency relationship? LOL, well, it would be nice now wouldn't it?

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There is no real formula. Just get a piece of slate 6" x 6" an drill a hole in the middle of it. Stainless screws should be used since they dont rust. Put the slate into the substrate, cover it up. If it wants to float on ya again, you just need to bury it deeper.
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Alright, so HD doesn't for sure have that. So im gonna go to Lowes, simple 6X6 floor tile/slate. A masonry bit, and a couple stainless steel screws. That sound right to everyone?

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Yer local LFS will probably have a piece for ya if HD or Lowes doesn't. You dont need a measurin tape or anything for a 6x6. Just guess at the dimension an get something close. One screw will work fine.
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Awesome, thank you.
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It's called drift wood for a very good reason. It floats.

If I could reach though the screen and slap the person who started the whole drift wood thing I would.

More accurately you should be looking for bog wood. This is hard wood that has been submerged in water and is water logged.
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While true, I don't see how that helps me at this time. It would be a useful bit of information for future reference, but right now it is irrelevant.
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It's called drift wood for a very good reason. It floats.

If I could reach though the screen and slap the person who started the whole drift wood thing I would.

More accurately you should be looking for bog wood. This is hard wood that has been submerged in water and is water logged.

you can slap me. Rex lol
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malaysian driftwood does not float! theres a store on ebay that is currently selling it cheap. i ordered 2 pieces and am happy
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