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Attaching Pieces of Driftwood Together
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WylieFish
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PostPosted: 2010.11.19(Fri)16:55    Post subject: Attaching Pieces of Driftwood Together Reply with quote

I have several pieces of Mopani Driftwood and I would like to make 1 driftwood centerpiece in my aquarium. How do I go about attaching them together to make 1 piece? Would I use wood screws or should I use glue or maybe just string them together tightly?
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PostPosted: 2010.11.19(Fri)17:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would screw them together, but I don't know if there's a special kind of screw you need to use. Tying them together would work at first, but the string is going to rot away, at which point, I imagine the wood would fall apart. You could use aquarium-safe silicone, but I don't know how well that works with wood.

Screws are your best bet! Just do some research to make sure that they're safe for the fish.
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PostPosted: 2010.11.19(Fri)17:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just checked up on which type of screw would be the safest, and the websites say stainless rather than steel. Is galvanized the same as stainless?
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PostPosted: 2010.11.19(Fri)17:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

That, inert expoxys, putty, zip-ties...those all work
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PostPosted: 2010.11.19(Fri)18:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer zip ties to attach them to a base (to get orientation/placement right), or superglue to attach pieces to each other. Need to do a bit of sanding/cutting to get the pieces to fit together as tight as possible before gluing them.

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Galvanized isn't the same as stainless - galvanized means it's coated with zinc while stainless means it's a steel that won't corrode.
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PostPosted: 2010.11.19(Fri)20:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice guys. I think I will go ahead and just screw the pieces together using stainless screws. I like the ties on the grate technique; however, I should have probably done that while setting up the tank. If I do it now, I will be disturbing a bunch of plants. I will get a picture posted in the next day or so of the final piece after I have completed it.
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