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williemcd
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PostSubject: Question for anchoring driftwood   Question for anchoring driftwood Icon_minitime2/18/2011, 10:39 pm

My scavanged drift wood is now floating at the top of my tank... after a couple of weeks of being forced submerged.. I'm thinking that I can tie some fishing anchors with fishing wire to the wood and let the weights hold it down. Any toxic byproduct of the lead sinkers? Bill in Richmond, Va.
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PostSubject: Re: Question for anchoring driftwood   Question for anchoring driftwood Icon_minitime2/18/2011, 10:45 pm

You can also secure it to a piece of slate. with some bolts.
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PostSubject: Re: Question for anchoring driftwood   Question for anchoring driftwood Icon_minitime2/18/2011, 10:45 pm

yes dont do lead

if anything use egg crate and fishing line tie it to the egg crate and then pile you substrate on to it
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PostSubject: Re: Question for anchoring driftwood   Question for anchoring driftwood Icon_minitime2/18/2011, 10:45 pm

Well I wouldn't stick lead in my tank I mean there is always the chance to leak some of the heavy metal into the water. I just use rocks or pretty much anything that sinks...

If you don't want to worry about the tank just take a suitable sized container and fill it with water. Then use anything to hold it down since it won't be in your tank.

I also recommend boiling the drift wood then sticking it in the water right after you are done. I had a stubborn piece that would NOT sink for months and finally I boiled it and stuck it in some rather cold water in a Tupperware container and wouldn't you know it... The next day it sank.
My belief is that it opens the little air pockets in the wood and makes it expand to allow water to seep deeper inside and thereby sinking it... just a guess though.


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PostSubject: Re: Question for anchoring driftwood   Question for anchoring driftwood Icon_minitime2/18/2011, 10:46 pm

no metal in the tank TOXIC
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PostSubject: Re: Question for anchoring driftwood   Question for anchoring driftwood Icon_minitime2/18/2011, 10:48 pm

there are plastic bolts that i use that you can get at home depot or lowes.
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PostSubject: Re: Question for anchoring driftwood   Question for anchoring driftwood Icon_minitime2/18/2011, 11:09 pm

I normally bolt it to slate using stainless steel bolts.
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PostSubject: Re: Question for anchoring driftwood   Question for anchoring driftwood Icon_minitime2/19/2011, 12:25 am

Stainless Steel nuts, the really big ones, easy to tie to anything. Unless your driftwood his really big.

Also PVC pipe with 2 screw on end caps, fill with dry sand and tie to the wood.

My piece of wood in my 46 gal was too heavy for all my other methods, so I ended up jamming a big slate rock into a big hole in the back for weight. Hoping someday it will stay down on it's own, but if not owell It's in the back.
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PostSubject: Re: Question for anchoring driftwood   Question for anchoring driftwood Icon_minitime2/19/2011, 12:43 am

Depending on how thick the wood is there are bolts with one side that is a wood screw and the other side is a bolt. You drill a hole in the wood tighten the wood screw side to the wood then drill a hole in a peice of rock (sandstone from a landscaping company or slate tiles work well) that is not too thick (usually requires a special bit/hammer bit) then just put a nut on the other end and now it should sink.
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PostSubject: Re: Question for anchoring driftwood   Question for anchoring driftwood Icon_minitime2/19/2011, 6:00 am

Most of my stubborn pieces are held down by slate that is Stainless screwed to the bottom . I have one smaller piece that is held down by , aquarium glued gravel to it as a base . And my big piece that takes up 2/3's of the 150g tank is held down by a large piece of rose quartz in the branch .
Just some thoughts ,, Ray
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