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Old 10-19-2008, 09:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It looks like setting up my 55 gallon tank is on hold for a while. I filled it with water to test for leaks and all is well. Then I placed my prize piece of dead driftwood root that I collected in the tank to sink. It floats very nice thank you. It is too big to boil in a pot so I poured several gallons of boiling water on it before this. LOL Well, it has absorbed some water but it has not shown any signs of sinking to the bottom yet. I placed a 2X4 across the top of the tank to weight it down a bit. The tank has only water and the driftwood in it. I don't want to add substrate or anything until my prize piece of driftwood can be used in the aquascaping. No sign of brown water although the water is turning a little cloudy from just standing. I was hoping it would get water logged and sink on it's own. It's been floating for 5 days now. Any ideas on how long it will float? Any comments????
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Driftwood still floating----

it could take a few days or weeks to completely water log the piece, depending on how large it is. if you have a clean barrel or garbage bin, you could try using that.

if it still doesn't stay sunk, you could always result in securing a piece of slate to the part of the driftwood that would be touching the tank bottom. that would help keeping it down.

hope this helps!
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This probably isn't very helpful but I have a propane turkey deep-fryer, the little one with
the big pot and I use it to boil big peaces of driftwood. You can buy different sized pots
to use with those than just the stock turkey fryer.

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Sometimes patience is your only answer. I've had driftwood that has sunk after an hour of boiling, others that have taken 6 weeks, and one piece I remember, never did sink after 2 months of being weighted down in a plastic bin.
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Default Re: Driftwood still floating----

I have a piece of wood that has been weighted down by a rock for 6 months. It bobbed right to the surface the other day when I was rearranging the tank. I have a feeling it could take years for that piece to completely waterlog.

Look for a suitable rock to hold down one end and forget about it.
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Another method is to get a piece of plexiglass/acrylic and drill a couple small holes in it. Then drill a couple small inconspicuous holes in your driftwood and tie it to the plexi with fishing line. This is sometimes easier to hide than slate.
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Default Re: Driftwood still floating----

I heartily agree with the advice offered here! The good part is that your tank is not planted yet, so you can weigh the wood down and run a power head to keep the water from going stagnant. If the wood doesn't sink after awhile your only option is to use a rock or plexi glass! Driftwood takes a lot of patience, but trying it out in an empty aquarium first will save a lot of headaches! Good luck and have fun
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Old 11-12-2008, 05:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Well, this is November 12th and it's still floating. I hope it doesn't turn out to be like the Energizer Bunny and keeps on---------- ---------!!!LOL
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Have you tried putting it in the dishwasher yet and running it through a cycle of hot water? Mine floated for weeks and then I tried that and after a day or 2 it finally stayed down. I weighted with a couple big rocks until it did this
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Have you tried putting it in the dishwasher yet and running it through a cycle of hot water?
I mentioned that to my wife one time, and she said if you wash that in the dishwasher, we're buying a new dishwasher. I never did wash it.
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