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A. I prefer sinking driftwood (pretreated) although it costs 20-30% more. 16 47.06%
B. I'll soak it myself and save the $. 18 52.94%
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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-05-2008, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Sinking driftwood poll

A. I prefer sinking driftwood (pretreated) although it costs 25-30% more.

B. No thanks, I'll get it to sink myself and save the $.


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Poll really should have a C. I buy bogwood that doesn't need to be soaked to sink.
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B! save the money.
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Poll really should have a C. I buy bogwood that doesn't need to be soaked to sink.
I agree, I buy Malaysian driftwood that doesn't need to be soaked. The only reason I would soak it would be to get the tannins out.


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I agree, I buy Malaysian driftwood that doesn't need to be soaked. The only reason I would soak it would be to get the tannins out.
Yup I soak it to get the tannins out as well.

I chose "rather spend 20-30% more". Mainly because floating driftwood takes forever to sink without aid.
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I just purchased a package from you. Thanks again. I would have gladly paid more if it was going to sink! I have a few huge chucks of Malaysian wood just because it required less time. B and C.Just my 2 bits.
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Just out of curiosity, what do you have to do to manzanita to make it sink? Is there any way to boil it or something to sink it?

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Large Rubbermaid trash cans work well. If the piece is small enough boiling helps the wood to saturate faster and promotes the release of tannins more quickly. Larger pieces can be placed outside and drenched with the hose while hooked up to your hot water heater outlet.


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I'm using wood found at a local lake in my tanks. The large center piece in my 55gal is still pretty bouyant and it's been under water for over a year. It's only about 4" around at the fattest point. I have a rock on one end to keep it down.

For my 10g planted, I just siliconed that bad boy down to the glass. No floating issues there


I'd pay for the best looking wood, floating or not. If it came down to 2 of the same, I'd probably pay extra for sinkers though.
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