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How To Make Driftwood Sink Easily!

The popularity of adding driftwood to aquariums as a tank decoration is steadily increasing and this is great to see due to driftwood really being an excellent option for many aquariums.

Not only does it look great but it is also natural and offers fifth somewhere to hide from each other as well as to take a break from the water flow if you have a high flow tank.

Although some people are worried about adding driftwood to their tanks due to potential risks to their aquarium, you can get aquarium safe driftwood that you are able to safely use.

With so many people switching over to using driftwood in their aquariums we have noticed a spike in the number of people reaching out and asking how to make driftwood sink.

We know that this can be a pain as some driftwood is surprisingly difficult to sink into place in your aquarium.

Thankfully, there are a number of quick and easy things that you are able to take advantage of to keep your driftwood in place with ease.

We will be covering different methods that you are able to take advantage of in our article below so there should be something available for everyone.

How To Make Driftwood Sink Easily!

The easiest way to make driftwood sink quickly is to add some aquarium weights to the driftwood to lock it into position with ease.

You are also able to use an aquarium safe epoxy in some situations to lock your driftwood in place too and make sure it sinks into place and stays in place.

Either of those methods are quick, easy, reliable, and cheap to do without you having to worry about the driftwood starting to float again.

Just keep in mind, the larger the tank you have and the larger the driftwood, the more buoyancy it will have meaning the more weight or epoxy will be required to secure the driftwood in place.

This is an important think to consider as we see people successfully use these methods to sink driftwood in one of their smaller aquariums and then try to do the same in a larger aquarium with larger driftwood and then wonder why its not working.

If you are looking to work with a larger piece of driftwood then you may have to use multiple methods to get the driftwood to sink safely.

One popular method that we covered in our article on using hot glue for aquariums is to get yourself an cheap hot glue applyer and a non-toxic glue sticks and just hot gluing the driftwood in place.

This can be problematic if your tank is already built out though as you need the water to be emptied from the tank for this method to work.

How To Make Driftwood Sink Without Weights!

The easiest way to make driftwood sink without weights is to boil the driftwood to start its cells to break preventing it from being able to float as well as it would otherwise be able to.

Most driftwood under a foot long will usually take less than 20 minutes to boil to be able to sink but larger driftwood sections will usually take much longer and can take hours to boil correctly.

The larger the driftwood you are trying to get to drink, the less likely it is to be able to sink due to boiling too as it has more cells to keep it afloat.

Some aquarium safe driftwood that you are able to purchase has already been pre-boiled to make sure that it will sink in your aquarium with ease too.

Due to these companies being able to boil huge amounts of driftwood all at the same time, it can workout much cheaper for them to just bulk boil the driftwood to sell it.

We know that many people go out and look for the perfect piece of driftwood for their own aquariums but the actual process to make sure that it is aquarium safe and then boil it to get the driftwood to sink can be a total pain.

This is why we often just recommend that you purchase your driftwood online or just go with some aquarium weights to force your driftwood to sink.

Will Floating Driftwood Eventually Sink?

Some driftwood will eventually sink if you just leave it in your aquarium but the chances of this happening is slim to none as the cells of the driftwood have to have been damaged in some way to get them to take on water and sink.

This is why boiling the driftwood is such an popular way to get smaller sections of driftwood to sink in aquariums quickly as it can break the cells on the driftwood forcing them to take on water and sink.

If you are looking to get your driftwood to sink, just adding it to your aquarium and leaving it to float around in the hope that it will sink is definitely the worst strategy.

The chances of it actually working is so small that it is often better to just not even try it and go with one of the other methods that we have covered above in the article as they are much better options.


That brings our article going over how to make driftwood sink to an end. It is generally easy to get your driftwood to sink once you are aware of the more popular methods that people commonly use. The challenge is often finding the method that works best for your situation and then implementing it your aquarium to get your driftwood to seemlesley sink and look like a natural part of your aquascape.