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Re: [APD] How do you waterlog wood?

.At 11:16 PM 9/11/2003, you wrote:

I've got a large (3 1/2 foot long) piece of driftwood in my planted tank that I had found at a nearby river. It would not sink, so I drilled a line of 1/4" holes along the top that reach through the center of the log, and I also had to attach two very heavy pieces of steel bar to get it to stay at the bottom of the tank. When I put the log in the tank, a lot of air escaped out through the drilled holes. Now, after six months, the thing is still as buoyant as the first day I put it in the tank. Is there any way to get it waterlogged enough that I can take the steel bars off of it (they are a pain to keep hidden under the substrate!) or will it never sink?


Sad to say, i've seen larger peices of driftwood that took over a year to become waterlogged enough to submerge easily. Your best bet is to probably anchor it to a large peice of slate. Landscape supply yards usually carry slate slabs up to about 1" thick and one can be had for a reasonable price - around here they range from the $0.30 to $0.60 per pound depending on color .


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