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Driftwood attachment

Discussion in 'Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Section' started by thaDUKE, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. thaDUKE

    thaDUKE New Member

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    hey guys any idea how to attach driftwood to other driftwood aside from using ziptie and screw?
     

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  2. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Duke

    That would be the two methods commonly used but every thing depends on the DW and if you have to work in or out of the tank.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  3. John Whatmough

    John Whatmough Aspiring Aquascaper

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    You could use dowels like the type supplied for self assembly furniture,drilled and glued at wider parts of your proposed driftwood design, advantage of what Keith says it's easier to alter your dw design with tie wires or screws if you want to alter the look
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    John that is the main reason, easy to pull apart and redesign for another Aquascape

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  5. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    55 gallon 2.02.jpg 55 gallon 2.0.jpg On mine I used copper wire, you can loose fit it then tighten it when in the tank. My 55 gal tank I had to tie the branches together just to get it in the tank. The small branches were wider then the tank. To change it you just cut the wire in 2 places. Each end piece is one branch, the two in the middle are drilled into lava rock.
     
  6. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I found this for you
    It depends what you have in the tank. A betta may be okay, may not be. Shrimp, snails, or aquatic frogs would definitely be killed by it. Once the copper is leached into the water by the wires, the silicone binding the aquarium glass may take it up, so that if you ever kept snails, shrimp, or frogs in the future they may be hurt by that later on. Copper can also hurt certain fish, such as the scaleless Corydoras catfish and Plecos. So its best to simply find a different sort of anchor. In general, its best to never put anything in aquariums that wasn't particularly made for aquariums.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  7. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Doesn't effect MTS or pond snails, also have Nitrel, Rams horn,the little spikey ones, cherry and amano shrimp. Was told by breeder it was safe since it was not copper sulfate. The only problem might be the quarter sized angles going after the shrimp. Plan on moving them.
     
  8. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    In all there is very little copper in the tanks estimate about 12" #14 gauge at the most in the 75 gal. A penny's worth in the 55 gal and none in the 20 gal.
     
  9. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Its still Copper if you must use wire why not SS?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  10. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Not to nitpick but why then doesn't the copper pipes effect the same way?
     
  11. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I have been lead to believe that as the copper is in the tank not water going through copper pipes. When I was advised by an importer not to take water out of a copper storage HW system but the instantaneous was OK.

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  12. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Water is apartment complex, I know they stopped using lead in soldier because it was getting in the water and they do use copper sulfate on occasion but let us know first. Guess I'm just going to have to get the water tested professionally.
     
  13. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    If it an Apartment complex some one must be in charge of the building and every one will be having the same problem.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  14. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Nobody has fish tanks, except for goldfish. Plus nobody knows how bad the water really is.
     
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    You do not have to have fish tanks to know how bad your water is. Smell, colour, taste and, will it lather up easily is a very basic way of testing water.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  16. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Smell none, very clear only distortion from glass, Ro water I do drink, dog won't likes the toilet instead. Haven't tested it with soap yet. The RO water I trust.
    Back to the copper wire, If I switch it out for stainless steel that will work. Or is it too late damage done?
     
  17. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Do you realise you have hi jacked thaDUKE's post.
    It can be switched over plus several 50% water changes.

    Keith:cat:
     
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  18. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    OK Good, the only thing holding driftwood in place is a rock and the roots from the Java fern and the Anubias.
    Good weekend project for all the tanks.
    Thanks
    What is the Duke's post
    Sorry, now I see.
     
  19. keithgh

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    OK David no more posts here please.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  20. keithgh

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    Sorry I did not get back to you.

    What did you end up doing to join the DW together?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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