Thread: wood not sinking!! arghh
09-10-2009, 09:46 AM #1
wood not sinking!! arghh
okay so i found this nice good looking pieca wood in my backyard...washed it and scrubbed it for hours... i dint boil it though... anyway, i put it in the tank and it doesnt sink....argh...hours of cleaning all a waste...
anyway to make the darn thing go down? boiling?29 gallon community
09-10-2009, 10:02 AM #2
Boiling is a good idea as it will get rid of any nasties. It probably won't make it sink though. Most people use rocks to keep their wood down as it can take months for it to sink on it's own. I tied mine to a large rock with fishing line,wrapping it many, many times incase one strand broke(keep in mind though, that mine is nearly as tall and long as the 60g it's in). If it gets free, it could shoot up through your tank hood."It is better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees."- Albert Camus
09-10-2009, 10:03 AM #3Member Platy
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You should soak wood for at least a week before using it. Sometimes it still floats anyway. You can use rocks or other heavy items to hold it down. Most people would silicone a piece of slate to the wood to hold it down. Or tie it to the slate with fishing line until it will stay submerged on it's own.
09-10-2009, 10:08 AM #4
Yeah it really a good idea to boil anything you plan to add to your tank.
09-10-2009, 10:58 AM #5
Boil it first or rinse in hot water
as for sinking it i tie mine to rocks using rubberbands
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09-10-2009, 11:34 AM #6
You should have definitely boiled but more to kill off bacteria and anything lurking within the wood.
However, in order to sink you have to soak it in water for at least a week. I soaked mine for 2 weeks and one of my 4 pieces still wanted to float.
Add some salt and hot water, then let it soak for a day or two, then change out the water for reg water, and let it soak for 2 weeks.30g - Planted - need to do some serious rethinking
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09-10-2009, 12:27 PM #7
boiled it... tied it to a large rock and In it went :) looks great! will post pics soon!29 gallon community
09-10-2009, 01:27 PM #8
How long did you boil it?
It does work to water log faster.
I clean and soak mine for weeks.I have had some peices held down by rocks for more than a year and they still want to float. Some peices take more time than others.
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09-10-2009, 01:57 PM #9Originally Posted by Northernguy
yup, right now its held between two rocks... its not a driftwood or anything...just a straight boring log... i like the look of it! my sister dint though... but theres no way im taking it out ..for the time it took me to let it stay the way it is now....29 gallon community
09-10-2009, 01:57 PM #10