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08-18-2013, 01:24 PM #1
How to prepare root for aquarium
I recently bought a large root of some kind to put in my aquarium. It has been soaking in a small tub for a little more than a day.
How do you prepare your wood for the aquarium? And it seems it will float, but if I keep it underwater with a rock for some time, will it eventually stay down?
08-18-2013, 02:32 PM #2
Roots like this need to become waterlogged before they will stay down by themselves. You can speed the process up by boiling the wood in a large pan on the stove - however, if your root is too large you won't be able to do this as it won't fit.
The easist thing to do it just position it in the tank how you want it and put a big rock on it to keep it down. It may take from a few weeks to a couple of months to fully waterlog - each piece is different.
08-18-2013, 03:08 PM #3
+ to Firefly. It just takes a while to get it water logged.
Be prepared for it to leech some tanins into the water. This is not harmful but will give your water a bit of a gold tint. Over time, that will stop.
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08-18-2013, 03:15 PM #4
+1 to the above advice
I have also moved your thread to the correct section of the forum
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08-18-2013, 03:41 PM #5
Large piece of driftwood! You mentioned you soaked it for a day and it still floats, sometimes it can take weeks or even months to finally sink. If you do weigh it down my using rocks and stuff, need to be careful in case the rocks shift and the piece of wood floats back to the top. If you don't mind waiting, find a larger plastic bin and put the wood in it, add some heavy stuff on top to weigh it down and forget about the bin for a few weeks.
08-18-2013, 04:59 PM #6
I'll try to find a way to keep it down until it is waterlogged.
Seems like it will look quite nice in the tank :)
Do I need to scrub or clean in any further before I put it in?
08-18-2013, 06:58 PM #7
08-18-2013, 09:04 PM #8
If you don't want to wait, you can also get a piece of slate, drill into it, and use a stainless steel screw to attach the wood to the slate. You bury the slate under your substrate to hide it, and it will keep the wood submerged and in place.
08-18-2013, 09:34 PM #9
08-19-2013, 05:06 PM #10
What if I attach a rock (or some rocks) to the wood with some fishing line? Then I can remove the rocks quite easily after a couple of months.