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msta
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PostPosted: 2006.12.22(Fri)6:09    Post subject: Java Fern Reply with quote

hi,

just bought some java fern for my tank.

the main clump has leaves around 12cm long (approx 5 inches), and as far as I can tell, a good amount of root structure.

I have decided to "attach" it to the outside of an artificial rock cave.
I have tied it onto the cave with some ribbon/string type product.

I was wondering how long I could expect it to take for the ferns root system to attach/grip onto the rocks exterior so it no longer must be tied onto it??

thanks heaps

marco
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PostPosted: 2006.12.22(Fri)10:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

I depends on how rough the cave surface is, but I'd give it at least two weeks, but up to a month would be better.
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PostPosted: 2006.12.22(Fri)15:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

righto. cheers Smile

first tank, first planted tank Razz

just going for a little bit of java fern and java moss as they appear to have low substrate requirements.
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PostPosted: 2006.12.23(Sat)10:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like a good plan. Java fern and moss don't need any special requirments, no expensive lights, no fertilizers needed, very good plants. Good luck!
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PostPosted: 2006.12.23(Sat)10:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just secure your java moss down well if you have fish that will poke around in it. My goldfish completely destroyed my java moss in a week!
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PostPosted: 2006.12.23(Sat)11:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

anubis nana is also a very good plant that you can atach to things. when it matures long enough it produces a flower.
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PostPosted: 2006.12.23(Sat)20:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

It may also depend on the specific java fern plant. I have two in my tank and one is growing like crazy but the other seems to stay the same. I got a little baby java fern to attach to a smooth rock pebble in about a month though.
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PostPosted: 2006.12.29(Fri)11:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read in a book that you can use hair nets to attach java moss to a good sived rock. It's probably a little hard to get it off when the moss has rooted. You'd also have to make sure it doesn't contaminate the water.
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PostPosted: 2006.12.29(Fri)18:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

As long as msta brought up the subject of java ferns, when you attach them to things (driftwood or whatever) can you put them directly behind the decoration if it has a flat side or does the root clump need to be right on the top surface of the decoration? In other words, what happens with the roots if they are hanging behind the object? Will they grow attached to the back over time?
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PostPosted: 2007.01.03(Wed)1:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

yea, I wasnt sure if the roots would just attach themselves, when they were just floating behind the decoration. so I went for the unsightly green ribbon to tie it on.

I've been on holiday for the last 10 days, so it will be good to see what sort of progress the roots have made when I get home tomorrow.

my java moss arrived on sunday, (brother put it in a nylon stocking in the tank for me), so will have to see how that is, and then think of a way to attach it to the driftwood I have.
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