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I have been soaking my driftwood for 3 days now and they still haven't sank. What can i do to weigh them down? I don't have enough sand to put on top of the wood is there anything else i can do? Thanks in advance for the help. and the driftwood i have was found locally in the river and has been cleaned and boiled, but just won't sink. I really want to use this wood though, it looks really cool.
 

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I have had to soak for 3 weeks to a month. I weight them down with glass jars filled with water in a rubbermaid tub. It'll work, you just have to have a lot of patience. :D
 

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I've gone to the fishing store( as in hooks) bought lead sinkers. Drilled holes about a 1/32" larger then the sinkers. Put the sinkers in the holes and then swaged them in with a punch.

Another option is to go get a small piece of slate and silcone/ expoxy stick the drift wood to that.
 

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nice!! haha, i finally upgraded from window 95!!


"I am finally going to use some wood i've had soaking for like 7 months!!!!!! wooh."
 

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My manzanita finally sank after a week. I weighted them down with a workout weight and hot water. I was told that hot water penatrates the wood faster. I dunno if that's true or not, but a week and they are staying underwater.
 

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you can always screw a chunk of slate to the bottom with stainless steel screws like the stuff you get in fish stores. you have to get a masonry bit to drill a hole in the slate however.
its not a big deal but sometimes even a rock wont be enough at first.
this is why i collect my wood from under water! haha
or use the malaysian/african stuff that sinks right away, im not the most patient person.

-nick
 

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You could also try attaching a piece of plexy glass (acrylic) to the bottom of your wood and put sand on top of the plex glass.
Make sure to use galvanized steel screw so it won't rust.
 

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You could also try attaching a piece of plexy glass (acrylic) to the bottom of your wood and put sand on top of the plex glass.
Make sure to use galvanized steel screw so it won't rust.
I would not use a galvanized screw, galvy is just a zinc coating. Infact I would not use any kind of metal screw.
 

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there should be no problems with a stainless steel screw. most impellar shafts are stainless and those see alot more water circulation than something sitting under the substrate. rust is just oxidized iron. we add iron to our tanks all the time. other metals may present a prob esp with inverts.

take a look at a mounted piece of driftwood the next time you go to the store. there's a screw in the bottom. you can also reposition the wood on the slate if you change your mind. good luck with that using glue or epoxy.

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Using glue or epoxy may result in your driftwood "popping up" and taking out your lights :( I would be wary of using any sort of glue in my aquarium if for nothing else my fishs' health and especially on a piece of driftwood. I am sure there are many types of "waterproof" glues and maybe some that would be harmless to your "acuatic life" but for me I would stick to patience in soaking, or go with the stainless steel screws mentioned previously.
 
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