Floating Log...Question

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    Last year I had a small, flat log floating in the pond. The frogs loved sitting on it. By the end of the year, I noticed it had sunk a bit. I'd like to find a larger piece of wood for my new pond, but I'm wondering if there is something I could attach to the bottom of it to keep it floating so it doesn't sink over time. Any ideas?
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Maybe Styrofoam? Just glue it or zip tie it but you might have to paint it w/ some dark color to hide it. Fish safe stuff of course.
     
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    In addition to JW's good suggestion you could fasten the log to a two thin post stand. I can provide additional details if you like the idea. The benefit of the stand is the log would remain in one place or be moved if needed.
     
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    That is something I had thought of, but I'm not sure where I would find styrofoam that is safe for fish.
     
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    I wonder if you could hollow out the bottom of a log and spray that spray foam inside it and the foam will make it float or will it go off balance
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    I have read that you can coat it w/ some kind of fish safe epoxy resin to make it safe.

    Hey good idea sissy of the foam stuff!
     
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    Can ya just screw a piece of plastic to the bottom?
     
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    I wonder how safe old drift wood is .I know colleen has wood in her pond but I tried it and the wood turned the water colors .I tried it out in my stock tank with no fish .
     
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    Think that is just the tannins in the wood and as long as the wood is natural and from a safe place it should be fine but who wants brown water. If it was floating in water that was polluted or near a chemical plant I would avoid it. But laying near a river or lake etc. would prolly be fine. I wonder if you could seal a piece of driftwood w/ something that was safe for fish and still kept the natural look of the log, maybe it would float much longer? Like a clear coat of something.
     
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    I looked at those styrofoam logs that look real .This one I had was sitting around here for a couple of years from the logging that was done and thought it would be good and I would worry about my fish ,
     
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    When putting driftwood into a tank or pond you should boil it fir as long as you can stand first. That gets out a lot of the color that will leach into the pond. I boiled 2 pieces before throwing them into my 125 gallon and 40 gallon tanks and don't have color issues.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    I bought one of these gators and they appear to be made of some kind of Styrofoam. They are painted w/ something,but don't know what so there must be something safe out there to seal stuff to make it fish safe.
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    Just looked this gator product up and says foam molded:

    Pond or Pool Decoration/Decoy
    LOOKS REAL!!
    Scare the neighbors & pests with this lively floating alligator pool/pond
    decoration/decoy. Original in style and realism. Durable, attractive, foam
    molded. Very realistically painted. Reflective red eyes. Great for swimming
    pools and ponds. Size 27 1/2 inches long by 9 inches wide. Manufactured entirely
    in the U.S.A.

    So I think that great stuff foam idea might be a great idea to add underneath the log to keep it buoyant. Do they make it in a dark color?
     
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    I know the one in walmart said soy based extruded molded foam used and is fish safe .I emailed them when my neighbor bought hers to see what it was made of .
     
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    I have the alligator head from Wal-Mart. Stinking thing leaked water first night and nearly sunk. Now it sits in my mini bog filter.
     
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    I have had different wood in my ponds and creeks with no problem of tannins coloring the water. I have always gone down to the river to find the driftwood and don't use logs found in the woods so that may be why I don't have a problems with tannins bc it is already leached out. Now for the floating question couldn't you use a water noodle cut to length and paint if necessary.

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    Tammy had no leaks in hers but she wired a air stone to the bottom of it and it moves a little so it looks more real .
     
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    buy cork you can buy sheets of cork barkthat act like floating islands they dont tan the water or leach anything harmful into it, plus you can anchor it down so it wont b effected by the wind plus you have that realistic look to boot:cool:
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    I plan on going checking the Lake Michigan shoreline. I know a spot with a ton of nice driftwood. A pool noodle is a great idea. I could cut 4 skinny circles and place them on each end to balance it out.
     
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    Don't get me started on the gators I once had that I had to suck the water out of over and over so I could try and patch them w/goop..............they now sit resting in the gardens waiting for unknowing cats to pass by :rolleyes:
     
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    in addition to sheets of cork, they sell 'slabs' for orchid culture that are up to an inch thick...might see what that would cost as it would look very natural. Might not even need your log at all, but you could ask the frogs for their preference. :)
     
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