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    Question Driftwood - Do you have any suggestions to keep it sunk?


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    I got a large piece of driftwood, about 30 inches long by 15 inches high, and cannot keep it submersed. Any suggestions for keeping it in place? I was going to drill a hole in part of the large section and fill it with Quikcrete cement, but that means that I will always have to have it facing the same way in the future if it ends up too obvious. The piece now can be placed in almost any direction and look good.

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    silicon it to a piece of slate? You should be able to peel it off if you want to change it after...
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    Depends on the type of wood. If you got it from a shop, chances are it will sink on its own, it just needs a little help. Get a few rocks and weigh it down. Leave it like that for a few months. Maybe even longer. Eventually you can remove the rocks and it will stay submerged. Obviously the negative here is you have to have unsightly rocks on it for a while. The pro is you are free to put it in any position.

    If the wood is something like Cypress, you'll never get it to sink. You'll have to do what Sheamurai suggested.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

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    Thanks for the suggestions.

    I don't think it will sink on its own. It has been sitting in a tub for a few weeks already.
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    All my tanks are 6.8-7.0 pH, my two small tanks are live plants only. Working on changing the 120 to live plants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waldorfsalad View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions.

    I don't think it will sink on its own. It has been sitting in a tub for a few weeks already.
    Eh, I've had to wait months for some pieces to sink. Though if you don't want to go that route then the slate piece glued to the bottom is the best option. Then just push the substrate over the slate and you'll never know it was there.
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    Eh, I've had to wait months for some pieces to sink. Though if you don't want to go that route then the slate piece glued to the bottom is the best option. Then just push the substrate over the slate and you'll never know it was there.
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    I have a large piece of drift wood, that I soaked for over 3 months, never sank, I used a large piece of blue/gray slate, position the drift wood on the slate(out of tank of course), kinda find how it best fit by locating two holes or branches that are close to the bottom of drift wood, mark the slate with a crayon or just scratch the general location, use a small concrete drill bit to drill about a 1/4 to 3/8 inch hole thru the slate at your marks, use the large zip ties that are use to hold air conditioning vent tube in place (avsilable at almost any large home improvement store to attach the drift wood to slate. Works really well, and though sound sound complex it isn't. Preserves your drift wood for future ways to display without holes in it, also no chance of glue or silicone giving way. Hopefully the pic above will help in my directions
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