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  1. Default Wood decorations floating


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    How can I make my nice little rosewood branch quit floating? I've soaked it for 4 days and it still hovers. I soaked it in some hot water a few days ago, and I think maybe that helped a little? I've also heard of boiling wood so I'm trying that right now.

    Any other suggestions to waterlog this sucker so it stays down? Or will I have to glue it to a rock or something? Thanks!

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    Default Patience or engineering are your choices.


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    Four days is nothing. {I have had large pieces that took over 4 months to sink - That was exactly as fun as it sounds lol }

    Having said that: Effectively you have two routes to take:

    1: Wait it out.
    2: Weight it down [Screw to slate or tie to buried egg crate weighted down by rocks are just two options]

    Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
    Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
    Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.

    A warm beer is better than a cold beer. Because nothing is better than a cold beer, and a warm beer is better than nothing.

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    As an impatient engineer, I'm gonna start looking for some slate.

  4. #4

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    Wood needs to be a solid hardwood. Hard to get branches to sink because even water-logged they haven't got much weight. I shove my branchy stuff down into the gravel or sit a rock on the base of it.

  5. #5

    Lightbulb


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    Quote Originally Posted by soaringpilot View Post
    As an impatient engineer, I'm gonna start looking for some slate.
    Go to your local big box hardware store for a couple slate floor tiles, My local sells 12"x12" single tiles for 2 or 3$ each. They are cheap, Trimable & Drillable.
    [Win/Win/Win]
    Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
    Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
    Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.

    A warm beer is better than a cold beer. Because nothing is better than a cold beer, and a warm beer is better than nothing.

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    Turns out boiling it and then disgustedly leaving it to sit in the hot water overnight was the ticket. Whether it stays down, I guess only time will tell. (If it floats up again, slate floor tiles! I was just gonna use some bulk rock from the garden centre, but a floor tile would probably work too.)

    Thanks again folks!

  7. #7

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    My big piece of tangled bogwood went into my tank dry and I weighted it with two very large, heavy rocks. It probably took about 6-8 weeks before I could safely remove the rocks and be confident it wouldn't float.
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan
    ~ My 350 Litre Tank Journal ~
    ~ My 30 Litre Tank Journal ~

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