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Old 10-08-2011, 11:45 AM   #1
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Tying java fern. Never doing it again.

I bought some Windelov java fern today and was planning to tie them to my bogwood (doing it for the first time), when I got home I remember a lot of my shrimps like to hide inside my bogwood. I gave it a few shakes, a few shrimps stuck their heads out to see what was going on and went back inside again, refusing to come out. So I had to tie the java fern standing over the tank while holding my bogwood under water which was a pain. To add to the woe, the only brown strings I have are cotton ones, so it was floating in the water making it extra difficult.

What made it worse was the fact that I bought the Windelov type of java fern, everything was getting caught and I had to keep redoing it while trying to keep 7 individual bunches together. It was a nightmare! So I decided to combine those 7 little bunches into 2 big ones on the kitchen table, and then tied them to the bogwood underwater. The whole task took about 90 minutes and my back is aching like crazy.
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I use elastic bands. No knots
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Old 10-08-2011, 05:43 PM   #3
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I had the same issue when trying to tie my java ferns to driftwood initially. So here's what worked for me. I used fishing line and wrapped the line around once. Leaving plenty of extra on both ends, I then tied a slip knot forming a loose loop (bight). Then I slid the rhizome under the loop between the driftwood and the line. Holding one end in my teeth and using my other hand, I snugged it up. Then all that was left was to use a nail clipper to trim the tag (bitter) ends close to the knot. It works fine. I hope I explained that well enough. Rubber bands work if you have access to the ends of the driftwood. Anyway hope this helps somebody....
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Use plastic push pins rather than metal (may rust). Once attached just remove.
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