Driftwood Sank

Plecostomus on driftwoodMy second post on this blog was about some baby plecostomuses that had come to live at our home.

When I bought them, I had asked the breeder what tiny plecos would like to eat. He told me a few things, and one of them was that a piece of driftwood was good for them to nibble and to just hang out on.

We did not want to put just any chunk of wood into our tank, so this gave us an excuse to trot over to one of our favorite local pet stores, Two Turtles. There, they had a stunning array of driftwood. Each of the driftwood selections were attached to a piece of slate and we inquired about its purpose. The sales guy told us that it was to help anchor the wood to the bottom of the tank and that we might need to add even more weight to keep it down. His parting words to us were “good luck”.

See, we had pictured the driftwood nestling gently on the bottom of the tank and maybe tilting a little requiring a small adjustment now and again. Wrong. wrong. wrong. We couldn’t even get it all the way into the tank, it was so bouyant. Definitely not expected. On the bright side, part of it was in the tank, and the plecos cheerfully did indeed nibble at it and in general hung out on it.

So, now we have this driftwood a little into the tank, a lot of driftwood sticking out of the tank, and the lid of the tank hanging open. Ok, at least there are no jumpers in the tank right now. So, we had to revise our expectations of the behavior of the driftwood. Maybe it will get waterlogged and sink in a couple of days. Then we can place it in a tasteful location of the tank.

Time passed. The driftwood barely budged. That was unexpected.

Finally after a couple of weeks, it did take on enough water to sink enough so that the lid of the tank would once again close. Victory! Of course the plecos did not care where the driftwood was and continued to blissfully nibble away at the wood.

Fast forward, now two months have passed. The driftwood has finally touched the bottom of the tank. I am now really beginning to understand the “good luck” admonition from the pet store guy!


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