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It is still a bit cloudy from disturbing the flourite, but this is what I decided on.

I am going to add another bag of flourite to deepen the bed in the middle and to finish covering the two places that I used panty hose filled with gravel to anchor the driftwood down until it is water logged.
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That is an awsome piece of driftwood.
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Hi this is my first time posting. Right now im in the process of setting
up an planted tank (55g) for the first time. I was just wondering. How
do you use panty hose with gravel to weight the driftwood down?
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I used river (pea) gravel and took a pair of panty hose and cut off about six inches (the hose expands and lengthens) above the toe area. I then filled it with gravel and tied off the ends. I then cut off six more inches tied off the end, and filled it with gravel and tied off the other end. I put it over the lowest sections of the driftwood and once in the tank, scooped away the flourite, flattened the nylon filled gravel the best I could and then covered it.

You will do much of this by feel, as the water clouds quickly after disturbing the flourite.
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Thanks for the tip. I think I'll try it out because the drift wood I have
is not completely water logged yet. I use fluourite too and was
surprised on how much it clouds the water when disturbed. I'm just waiting
for my plants to come in the mail so hopefully the tank will be presentable soon.
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I am going to drain my tank and rinse my flourite again, while I am at it I am going to tie two things of nylon gravel wieghts with monofiliment (7lb test) and then put the monofiliment over the same places, so the nylon is not visible at all.
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just wondering where you got that piece of wood? Ive been looking for some ábout those dimensions (maybe a little smaller) but havent come across any yet. I have been looking at lakes and beaches...
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Zaphod, you should try doing a serious vacuuming rather than remove it all and rinse. I vacuumed my wifes tank last night, and sucked up a TON of florite dust. The bucket was nasty, but it seemed to help a lot.
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I too combed the rivers and beaches looking for driftwood. I found the best pieces not on the beach but high up in the scrub grass.


I re-did the panty hose with monofiliment and what a difference.
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