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How do people get their driftwood to stay up???

How do you all get your branchy driftwood to stay up in your aquariums?

I took the slate off of one of my branches and was using a rock to prop it up. However, when I did a water change this morning, the water knocked the driftwood and rock over and totally squashed my plants and uprooted a ton of them!

There has to be a better way to get single branchy pieces to stay in place. I would hate to have to deal with all the mess and hassle of repositioning it and replanting half the tank every time I change the water.

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Seriously though, I just stick the wood deep in the substrate, that keeps it up.

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Most people are trying to get their wood pieces to stay down!

I try to bury as much under the substrate as I can to help it stay up and anchor it with rocks.

For those impossible pieces, I take it out, have it completely dry, then epoxy it to a flat rock, like slate. Once it's completely set, it's pretty sturdy. I just then bury the slate under the substrate, and voila, a piece of wood that won't tip over!
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i ended up using zipties today on my wood to keep some branches together you can see them once you put moss or whatever on around them. zipties are plastic so there fine for the tank. you can silicone the pieces to.
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lol @ macclellan !!

I think you just need to secure the wood better with foundation rocks. Before even filling the tank you should be able to try nudging the wood with a little force, and not see it move. If it does, then anchor some more rocks around the base.
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get a saw and saw what you want to be the bottom flat. then get a thin wooden board (a metal plate with holes large enough for screws works better. then screw the board or plate onto the wood. it should be left big enough for enough substrate to sit ontop of it for the wood to stay put. and if the bottom stays down and flat, the top stays up.

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I just removed a huge piece of slate from the bottom, about 12x11 inches that was preventing me from planting around the driftwood.

It's a really looooong piece, about 35 inches and it goes straight up and to the left so that the center of gravity is pretty far away from the base of the wood. I stuck it all the way down and put a big chunk of lava rock around it but I think I might need to put a small wall of rocks around it to keep it from moving. My substrate isn't shallow either, it's about 3-4 inches deep. I think it's just so top heavy it can't balance

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i screwed them into a bigger piece of driftwood that was buried under the substrate. worked for me!

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Mine are stuck into about 5" deep substrate and leaning against each other.

I think with my next scape I'll end up using rocks to prop them up, though, since I'll point them in the opposite direction. Twist ties/flower arrangement wire are probably going to be called into play, too.





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I kind of wish now that I had siliconed the darn thing to the bottom of the tank. I think I'll have to use more rocks but I'm getting a little bored with the lava rocks that I've had in my tanks for some 7 years. Any suggestions on good rocks to prop up the wood? Ideally I want to be able to plant around my wood but if I have to have rocks there's nothing I can do about it.

I wonder if zip tying more wood to it leaning the other direction might help. I did want to add more wood a while ago but I couldn't find anything similar enough.

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I bought a piece of plexiglass, and screwed the wood to it. Then, you put the substrate on top of the plexiglass, and it stays down. However, if it won't stay down after four hours, you should call a doctor.


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i use rocks, substrate, and even other pieces of dw to hold everything up. just be very careful when planting
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lol. My problem was I couldn't plant plants on top of things it was screwed to, otherwise I would have just left the slate bottom in place. I supposed I could break the slate into a smaller piece and then try it out...

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