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Lawrenze
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:39 pm Post subject: Floating Driftwood Reply with quote

 Hey  guys
 Have  any  of  you  guys  tried  adding  floating  driftwood?  I  have  a  couple  of  pieces  of  wood  that  won't  sink  and  am  going  to  try  and  add  them  to  my  decor  anyway  Smile  well,  not  exactly  float  them  but  try  and  fix  them  to  one  corner  of  the  tank...any  ideas?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:52 pm Post subject: Re: Floating Driftwood Reply with quote

 You  could  try  and  place  inverted   branched  driftwood  to  look  like  the  root  of  a  tree  in  a  corner/middle  Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:13 pm Post subject: Re: Floating Driftwood Reply with quote

 Hey  Hayath
 Thanks  for  the  suggestion,  I  don't  have  branchy  wood  so  am  gonna  try  and  place  what  I  have  in  one  corner...not  sure  if  it  will  look  natural...has  anybody  done  this  before  here  on  IAH  Smile  
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:19 pm Post subject: Re: Floating Driftwood Reply with quote

 Lawrence,
 
 If  its  the  block  type  of  wood,  just  tie  a  stone  or  burry  it  in  the  substrate  like  a  wedge,  will  look  natural.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:29 pm Post subject: Re: Floating Driftwood Reply with quote

 Lawrence  ,
                     I  think  if  it  does  not  sink  it's  going  to  rot,  do  you  know  what  kind  of  wood  it  is?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:36 pm Post subject: Re: Floating Driftwood Reply with quote

 I  can  always  place  a  couple  of  dark  colored  rocks  over  the  wood  to  sink  it  in  but,  I  am  just  trying  to  play  around  a  bit  because  my  Devario  Devarios  loved  it  when  I  let  the  wood  float  for  awhile  and  also  the  P.Dayi's  seemed  to  like  it   Chuckle  not  sure  what  type  of  wood  it  is  Sad  
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:34 pm Post subject: Re: Floating Driftwood Reply with quote

 A  Concept:  Boil  the  wood  with  little  bit  salt  added,  the  wood  will  sink  instantly,  though  have  not  tried  it  yet.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:13 am Post subject: Re: Floating Driftwood Reply with quote

 You  can  tie  some  moss  to  it  and  let  it  float,  would  look  nice  and  act  as  a  good  hiding  place  for  fish...
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 3:22 pm Post subject: Re: Floating Driftwood Reply with quote

 I  got  some  driftwood  that  floated  a  couple  of  weeks  back.  Weighed  it  down  with  a  rock.  In  a  matter  of  couple  of  days  it  turned  to  Sinking  driftwood.  I  dont  need  to  use  a  rock  to  weigh  it  down  now...
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:17 pm Post subject: Re: Floating Driftwood Reply with quote

                                                   
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A  Concept:  Boil  the  wood  with  little  bit  salt  added,  the  wood  will  sink  instantly,  though  have  not  tried  it  yet.                

 
 Have  you  done  this  yourself?  Can  be  risky.  I  will  not  be  the  first  to  try  this  in  my  tanks.   Chuckle  
 
 Do  let  me  know  if  you  have  tried?  What  happened  to  the  tank  mates  after  you  tried?  Who  were  the  tank  mates?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:59 pm Post subject: Re: Floating Driftwood Reply with quote

 Ive  heard  of  boiling  wood  to  release  the  tannins.  Im  not  sure  whether  it  makes  the  wood  sink.  The  side  effect  of  boiling  would  be  softer  wood.  But  then  thats  better  for  plecos  to  rasp  on.
 
 But  i  think  boiling  wood  and  using  it  is  a  relatively  safe  procedure.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:44 pm Post subject: Re: Floating Driftwood Reply with quote

 @Severumkid
 
   read  before  u  reply,  I've  never  said  I've  tried  it.  Instead  I've  clearly  written  that  didnt  try  it  Yet.
 
 anyway,  why  do  u  think  this  process  is  dangerous?  the  boil  part  or  the  salt  adding  part?  Smile
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 11:16 pm Post subject: Re: Floating Driftwood Reply with quote

 It  does  not  work,  I've  tried.   Sad
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 2:28 pm Post subject: Re: Floating Driftwood Reply with quote

 I  have  always  tried  the  boil  method.  The  woods  I  have  collected  are  from  the  banks  of  lakes  and  Rivers.  I  boil  it  for  an  hour  or  2,  I  can  see  all  the  air  coming  out,  and  it  releases  tannis  too.  What  I  think  is,  the  air  inside  the  wood  expands  and  comes  out  when  boiled.  Later  I  remove  the  wood  from  the  boiling  water  and  add  it  to  normal  water.  The  air  inside  the  wood  contracts  and  the  water  gets  in  the  wood  and  it  sinks.  At  times,  the  wood  sinks  after  a  few  days,  but  I  always  boil  it  initially.
 
 Just  what  works  for  me,  I  may  be  wrong.
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 12:37 pm Post subject: Re: Floating Driftwood Reply with quote

 yup,  boiling  is  necessary  for  curing  the  wood,  but  it  does  not  sink  instantly  after  boiling  as  I  heard  somewhere.  My  experience.
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