Fixing wood together to create interesting shapes

teg1203

Member
Joined
17 Jun 2008
Messages
62
Location
Mid-Wales, Powys
Many of the planted aquascapes on show feature what I can only describe as "root systems" - tangled masses of wood arranged to represent roots system breaking through the surface of the water and plunging into the substrate. Personally this is one of my favourite features as it allows the viewer to imagine the landscape outside of the viewable area and from a biotope point of view suggests an environment above the water line. However I digress. (and not for the first time) :?

My question is what are some of the ways that pieces of wood (or other material) can be connected together to achieve this when a single piece is either hard to find or prohibitively expensive?

My next question is - is it possible to use stainless steel in a planted aquatic environment or is any type of metal a big no-go area (i'm thinking stainless steel screws)?

Cheers - Tim :D
 

Garuf

Member
Joined
30 Oct 2007
Messages
4,957
Location
Leeds.
I've heard of stainless being used but I've never tried it myself. In my nano I used 3 pieces of redmoor wood and then used zip ties to hold them together, though not perfect it works.
 

teg1203

Member
Joined
17 Jun 2008
Messages
62
Location
Mid-Wales, Powys
I'd never thought of the cable tie approach guys. Thanks for the info - I'll give it a whirl this weekend. :)

It would be nice to get a definitive answer about the stainless steel though! :?

Cheers - Tim
 

Garuf

Member
Joined
30 Oct 2007
Messages
4,957
Location
Leeds.
Most stainless steel screws actually have a coating of stainless steal and aren't solid they would require care when screwing them in to prevent exposing any of the base material. ADA have a stainless steal inlet/outlet set so I would assume the material is fine.
 

Dan Crawford

Founder
Staff member
Joined
21 Jun 2007
Messages
3,266
Location
Daventry, Northants
I'd go for them being ok too. I don't get too hung up on the whole "must be fish safe" thing, I wouldn't be stupid and bang a load of rubbish in there but small things like stainless in the aquarium? i wouldn't think twice. If your really worried, pop it in a cup of water for a week or two and see what it does.
 

mick b

Member
Joined
22 Jul 2008
Messages
80
There are many types of stainless, but IMO/E none will be detrimental (316 food grade would be best, but 303 or 304 wouild be OK), Screw-Fix direct, do a good range at a reasonable price, but;

Where the screw 'cuts into the wood and pulls up tight', the wood will rot away, around the flutes of the screw thread and the whole thing goes loose!

IMO/E use cable ties (zip-ties) most have st/steel gripper, so OK.
Try to get the two mating parts lined-up and drill a couple of holes (or 3) through both, thread zip-tie through and zip-up (leave 1" of free-end).
If it works loose (it will), you can re-tighten, with that 1" free-end, you did not cut off ;)

HTH, Cheers, Mick B :D
 

Ed Seeley

Member
Joined
3 Jul 2007
Messages
3,261
Location
Nottingham
I tend to use brass metalware around aquariums too and that has never caused any problems in my tanks/ponds. Food grade plastics are dead safe too.
 

oldwhitewood

Member
Joined
11 Jul 2007
Messages
356
I would just use tiewraps or ADA wood tight maybe. With my new setup I am using three pieces of redmoor arranged in a specific fashion, so I will probably use black tiewraps to keep them in place I think.
 

Similar threads

Top