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Re: NFC: Re: Re: tree bleed

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Larry wrote:
> Don't happen to know how to get cedar to sink do you?  I've heard that cedar has certain properties that never let it rot which is why it's used for
> fence posts and stuff like that.  Does this also mean it will never water log?  I've got a piece of plexiglass wedged under the top plexi of my tank
> pinning the log down at about center mass.  This bastard REALLY wants to float, and it wont let up.  It's about 4 feet long and 'was' about a foot
> in diameter until I cut in in half with some roots shooting out at one end.

Cedar is basically a very soft, light wood. Redwood has similar properties,
and does eventually decompose when submersed for a long time. IDK about

The standard method for soft woods that will never sink, is to screw or
silicone them to a piece of roofing tile. That can be buried in the
substrate so it does not show.

> ALSO...anyone have a suggestion to use as a backing on a 30 inch tall tank (can't get over 24 inch backings in town).  I would like to find
> something that would go on almost like a rubbery paint, so it could spread on easy, not ruin the wood if I get some on it, and come off without
> affecting the plexiglass.  Putting 'something black/blue/whatever' back behind it just doesn't do the effect of having some bonded air tight to the
> surface.

A number of our local plant folks like the thick dark cork tiles that are
sold at the hardware stores for panelling. Silicone it to the back or to a
piece of plexi, and plant it with moss, ferns, etc. Looks natural, and is
easy to cut/splice for an exact fit. Some work it over with a Dremel tool so
it isn't so flat on the exposed surface. Seems to hold up indefinitely, too.


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