Today aquarium driftwood means a variety of natural wood types suitable for use in fish tanks. Tie a rock to them or weight them down.
Why use driftwood in an aquarium.
How to get driftwood to sink in fish tank. My driftwood was too big to boil on the stove and i had to get the tannins out so i put mine in a medium sized cooler and poured several pots of boiling water over it then closed the lid. If you do want to glue it down you might have to glue it to the bottom of the tank depending on the depth of the substrate or you can glue it down to a large and flat rock too. Hot water may help even if you can t boil them.
I didn t presoak or boil as i do not mind the tea colored water. The second reason is that dry driftwood does not sink in water and they either need to be fixed or boiled in water with salt then they begin to sink. Good morning i rinsed all of my malaysian driftwood with warm water new wood never used and placed it in the tanks.
Being forced all the way under helps them sink a bit faster. I ran one through the dishwasher once without any detergent or rinse agent. Decorating with natural wood transforms an aquarium from a basic glass box into a three dimensional underwater world.
The third method in make sink aquarium driftwood is involved getting your power drill we need to drill holes the width of sub stainless steel screws to slip through there but not wider than the head then we need to prove drill some holes in our wood the same width apart it s just simply a case of lining of them up after that and screwing. Not sure how much good it did though. Soak it in water until it sinks.
So if the driftwood fits into the container then we just take the salt about 300 grams per liter pour it into the water and boil the driftwood for 6 10 hours. If pieces are too big to boil and you want to make sure there is nothing living on the wood if it came from another tank or something then pour boiling water over it. Doing this worked really well and i only had to soak it for four days to get the tannins out instead of the usual 1 2 weeks.
It also kills pathogens and bacteria that could cause harm to the fish. Most of the driftwood that you buy at the pet shop will sink right away. If you have a large tank click here to see a seaclear acrylic large aquarium available on amazon and you have found a larger piece of driftwood on your own you should definitely pre soak until it starts to sink.
Keep in mind that gluing it will cause some problems of its own especially when it comes to cleaning the wood and rocks. If it releases tannis making the water brown then you can either dump or it fertilise your plants with it. Boiling the driftwood speeds up the sinking process.
A piece of wood draws the eye and creates a strong accent piece that sets the aquascape style.