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Fish Master
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female usa
Hello! I just got a piece of driftwood with a base on it, and it says to let it soak for 24 hours, well i have for almost 3 days now, and it still wont stay on the bottom?!! what am i doing wrong? thanks.

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male uk
Nothing - they just take ages to sink.
Tying a weight to the bottom of it.
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when I get new driftwood, I soak mine in a bucket of freshwater for about a week, lying a brick or something heavy on it... this way the tannins can leach out of the driftwood some, and the wood becomes waterlogged and will settle better in my tank.. sometimes I have to weigh the wood down under a rock in my tank for awhile before ti will stay down...
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Having a base on it might be a clue not knowing the species it might never sink that is why the base is attached. Just keep soaking it try putting a weight on it to make it stay under the water.

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Hmmm, I have two pieces of wood with bases, and I've never actually noticed the amount of time it takes for them to sink because I usually just put a rock on the base. You should try that, because otherwise it can take A WHILE for it to sink, as I learned with one of my relatively recent pieces of Malaysian wood.

Some people say boiling it, which forces the air out of the wood, is a possibility. I have never tried it, as I believe it is generally unnecessary.

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male usa us-colorado
Whenever a piece of driftwood comes with a base
attached, you should always bury it under a layer of
gravel or some rocks to hold it down.


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thanks guys! I boiled it, and that did the trick! now my tank looks awesome with it in there!!!! =]

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