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lewis83t
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PostPosted: 2005.04.23(Sat)13:03    Post subject: would this work? Reply with quote

I am wanting to put driftwood in my tank, but can't get in to stay down, tryed tieing it to a rock but it didn't work. so here is my question if I took a screw and put it in the drift wood then glued a magnet to the screw and put a magnet under the tank would the magnets hold it down? will the magnets affect the water? any suggestions would be helpful and greatly appreciated
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Darkblade48
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PostPosted: 2005.04.23(Sat)16:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, that sure sounds complicated. I would be wary of sticking any additional things to the bottom of the aquarium anyways, so I wouldn't use a magnet.

Most people will soak the wood in some water so that it gets water logged and will sink naturally, but sometimes, this isn't feasible (I.e. the piece of wood is too large, etc). Thus, you can take a (stainless) steel screw and screw it into a piece of slate.
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lewis83t
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PostPosted: 2005.04.23(Sat)16:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

how long would you generaly have to let it soak its not a very big piece of wood?
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jersysman
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PostPosted: 2005.04.23(Sat)22:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

lewis83t wrote:
how long would you generaly have to let it soak its not a very big piece of wood?


I just bought a piece of malysian driftwood online and the site suggested about a 1-2 week soak. This is to get it waterlogged and rid of the tannins. If you boil it, they say that you only need to soak it for 2 days.
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Nadias_Nana
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PostPosted: 2005.04.23(Sat)23:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

Malasian driftwood sinks, but not all wood will sink. Even after it is soaked for weeks! I have seen driftwood glued and/or screwed to slate and other safe materials in my lfs. If you use glue, make sure that you use one that is safe for aquariums, and follow the directions on how long to wait before you put it in the aquarium. If you use screws, I would suggest using galvanized, but I don't have experience on that, so maybe someone else could comment...
I have a sack full of driftwood that I soaked with hot water for 2-3 weeks, and most of it never sank.
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