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new driftwood... looks great, but won't sink!




i found this piece of driftwood at a local lake. it appears that it had sat on the beach for a while and dried thoroughly. it's hollow on the inside and has several natural "caves" that i'm sure my clown plecos will love. the only problem is that it will not sink, even with an entire slate floor tile attached to it... this thing is seriously bouyant. i would boil it, but i don't have anything even close to large enough to keep it in. this is a new battle for me... all the driftwood i've ever had has been sufficiently waterlogged and dense enough to sink on it's own... your suggestions are welcome. (unless it's "it'll never work, give up". i'm sure there's a solution, but apparently slate isn't it.)

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Have you tried putting it in a bucket, weighing it down with rocks, and pouring hot/boiling water over it?
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If it's hollow inside, any amount of soaking may not help weigh it down. Maybe silicone it to a peice of slate with aquarium sealant?
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Maybe you just need to find a bigger piece of slate.

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Or, here's an idea if you can get down to the bottom glass of the tank...large suction cups and fishing line.

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maybe because the kitty is trying to swim up (LOL)
no, seriously, have you try to boil it?

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i would boil it, but i don't have anything even close to large enough to keep it in.
pouring boiling water over it could help i suppose, if i had a large enough volume of boiling water to pour.... problem is... i can only boil as much water as will fit in my largest pot, which is too small for the driftwood in the first place.

i have a large trash can that i put it in to soak, but the water won't be boiling if i have to heat another pot after the first pot is poured in...

i like the fishing line and suction cups suggestion very much. i'll have to look around for some big strong suction cups (i don't think my little air line dudes will do the job, since they already fall off without any resistance to speak of)

thanks for the suggestions, people... keep them coming!

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How about simmering it in the bathtub with several aquarium heaters...

Does the water have to be boiling, or can you just steep it in a heated tub?
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Try the dishwasher (w/o soap)

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1) Take it out of the tank
2) Let it dry
3) Use a hole saw etc. to remove excess wood from the core where you can not see when in the tank.
4) resoak in bucket and clean off debris
5) Put in tank with slate or weigh down with rocks for a month or so

I have to do this when I get really big peices of drift wood and it works great.

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Use all your pots/pans to boil water - thats how i soak my driftwood. that or i just take it to work and boil the piss out of it in a 50gal steam kettle
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Here's my .02 -- I would be very careful about using fishing line unless you can guarantee it will remain uder the substrate. Fish (like plecos) who nose around the bottom of the wood could become entangled. Someone on this board had a bad experience with either fishing line or a hairnet and lost a bottom-feeder not long ago. I've always been paranoid about that, and his post was enough to convince me.
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I don't think it'll matter too much if you have to boil another pot of water. the water will still be really hot. Or u could just chuck it in your bathtub keep it down with some rocks and just run the hot water till it's covered.
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