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28 Dec 2007 17:23 #1 by Avonmore (Pat Cullen)
Been looking at pics on the net, looking for ideas of aquascape for my new tank. I noticed driftwood been used a lot. How do you stop it from floating?

Pat

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29 Dec 2007 02:22 #2 by mickeywallace (Michael Wallace Cath Woods)
sorry Pat for taking so long to reply!

I have never used drift wood to be honest the reason been picking up a bit of wood you do not know where it came from or the risk it may hold for your tank. i would always buy from a LFS thus you have some one to hold responsible for any misfortune caused by the item.

I have used bogwood purchased soaked for a few days allowed to dry (very very well) then i used tank sealant to stick it down. again this sealant was from a LFS and for the purpose and would not endanger my wee friends.

I hope this is helpfull to you please keep us informed and if need be just pm and i will reply asap

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29 Dec 2007 14:03 #3 by platty252 (Darren Dalton)
The drift wood will absorb water over a couple of days and stop floating.
Give it a good cleaning in water first with a stiff bristled brush.

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29 Dec 2007 23:20 #4 by Avonmore (Pat Cullen)
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Thanks for the info. The wood I have is driftwood ang bog oak. It's been indoors for the past number of years and is very dry and clean.I may or may not go down the wood road in my tank. Really not sure what road to take it yet. Maybe I'll use rocks as I would imagine that wood will decay in water over time and may cause problems. Will plants be necessary in my tank or will that too caure this novice more problems? Lime stone and sand stone, are these ok to use? I open to any ideas for you guys

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30 Dec 2007 01:54 #5 by mickeywallace (Michael Wallace Cath Woods)
again i would suggest you only use material that you know comes from a safe source!

wood can last thousands of years when submerged in water as the bacteria which cause wood to decay can not survive with out oxygen.

as for rocks they can effect your Ph thus caution must be taken

An old fish keepers test is to drop Vinegar on it if it bubbles/fizzes it will effect ph thus you must ensure that your choice of fish will allow this.

Mickey Wallace & Cath Woods

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30 Dec 2007 02:11 #6 by Avonmore (Pat Cullen)
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Thanks again for the tip, Geez theres a lot more to this fishkeeping than I thought. I think I'll drain the water, tarmac the bottom of the tank and paint white lines. It will make a great cabinet for my matchbox collection...
Only kiddin, thanks for the great tips and help

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13 Jan 2008 01:49 #7 by Avonmore (Pat Cullen)
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Bogoak I was thinking about putting in my tank
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13 Jan 2008 12:33 #8 by russell (russell)
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Don't recomend using Bog Wood as suc h i.e Wood taken from a natuaral bog as this will send your Ph plumeting. (Fine frpman Aquatic store)

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16 Jan 2008 00:37 #9 by Avonmore (Pat Cullen)
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Russell, the piece I was going to put in is at least 20 years out of the bog but I'll take youe advise and leave it high n dry. I love wood and really would like to have it part of my tank so maybe I'll sit it on top of it.;)

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