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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-08-2004, 03:40 AM Thread Starter
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Hey all,

I was thinking of buying a nice piece of driftwood but the seller says it weighs about 2.5lbs and floats. If I submerse this thing for weeks, would it eventually sink or is it too light?

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It will sink eventually. You can boil it to make it sink faster. Or order online like aquariumdriftwood. The wood comes in wet condition and sink straight away.
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Driftwood is called driftwood because it DRIFTS! This means it FLOATS! I'm not sure where this IMHO stupid idea of calling what we use driftwood came from but what you really want is BOG WOOD! This is wood that has been SUBMERGED and no longer has the soft wood on it. You are left with the heartwood which is much more dense and SINKS! A lot of driftwood is never going to sink, no matter how much you soak it. There are floating homes here in Portland that are on Douglas Fir trunks that have been FLOATING in the water for almost 100 years. And they are still floating. A lot of the driftwood around here is soft wood and 90% of that wood will NEVER sink. It might rot away but it's not going to sink. Now I know that in other areas of the country that driftwood is predominantly hard wood, but it's still driftwood, which by the very name implies that it floats. Also a lot of driftwood, hardwood or softwood is still going to have the softer parts of the wood attached and this wood will decay and rot fairly quickly in an aquarium and can become a nitrate supply.

If I were in an area where the predominant tree was Balsa and I got some Balsa driftwood it wouldn't make a bit of difference how long I soaked it. It would not sink till it was to the stage where it was rotten. Then it would not last long at all.

What most stores sell are varieties of African wood that are naturally dense and most of them either sink right off the bat or sink once they become saturated with water. Now I know there are a few on-line sellers of "drift wood" that are actually selling bog wood, and they call it drift wood because that term has come to be common usage in the hobby. But calling bog wood some other name doesn't make it so. And it does and can confuse people.
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