Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 03-23-2007, 01:34 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Orlando FL
Posts: 174
Java ferns attachment?

I have a plastic rock that I bought from LFS awhile back, the tank in question has always been artificial 10 gallon.

Contains Tiger barbs/black skirts.

I've recently did a salvage job on my bedroom tank to get what was left of my plants. I then move them to this other 10 gallon with the plastic rock and remove all the artificial plants. All I have left is java ferns and some unknown grass plant which started the plague in my bedroom tank.

I would like to know how to attach the java ferns to the rock so it can root itself and grow.

I'm not sure how tho? String? Rubber band? Is the rock not suitable to root on?


Mad Professor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2007, 01:42 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 870
I use common sewing string (the kind you use to sew a button back on). You could use anything through. Twist-ties are also common. The idea is to keep it attached until it attaches itself. Rubberbands might not be the best solution though...

dapellegrini is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2007, 02:25 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Posts: 239
Another thing that is REQUIRED ...


I had mine tied with string to a rock for a month. Figured it HAD to be long enough for it to attach. Wrong! Snipped the string and the JF floated off.

(Anyone care to PM me on how to propigate a java fern? Have one that has all kinds of "babies" on it. Wondering how to get them to take off so I can (possibly) ditch the parent plant. It's been through hard times with algae, etc. and looks like H.E. Double hockey sticks.)PMs recieved. Thanks for the assist!

55 gallon Planted - Tank Log
DIY Hood 96w 6500K
Rena Filstar Xp3
Ketso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2007, 02:47 PM   #4
Algae Fighter
JustOneMore20's Avatar

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 3,872
Send a message via MSN to JustOneMore20
I use fishing line to attach plants to rocks and driftwood. It doesn't come off like the thread does (sometimes a good thing, sometimes bad ). Alot of things will work though.
2 planted tanks: 40g, 20g ; 38g Reef tank
My links to pics: 40g breeder planted build, 40g breeder planted update, My 38g Reef Build

JustOneMore20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2007, 03:27 PM   #5
AA Team Emeritus
An t-iasg's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Criders Corners, PA
Posts: 9,889
I have used fishing line too. I was trying to attach a fern to a rock that was too smooth - the fishing line kept slipping off. I used superglue to glue the fishing line underneath the rock. I let that dry for a day or two, then put the rock in a bowl of water for another day or two, and then tied the fern and put it in the tank.

An t-iasg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2007, 04:54 PM   #6
AA Team Emeritus
Jchillin's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: New York, NY (The Big Apple)
Posts: 14,951
I've been very happy with common sewing thread. The trick is to wrap it so as the plant roots are not being choked (like a turnorquet). Wrap it loosely but with enough so that it cannot unwind. I like to use large rocks and bury the rocks into the substrate.

Jchillin is offline   Reply With Quote

java, java fern

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Java Moss and Java Ferns somecallmedaniel16 Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 6 07-10-2009 03:00 PM
Looking for: Java Moss, Java Ferns somecallmedaniel16 Archive 5 06-17-2009 10:51 PM
Java Ferns, Narrow Leaf Java Ferns, Bacopa, Asian Ambulia, Dwarf Sag $6 shipped Atl300zx Archive 8 03-23-2009 04:15 PM
Amazon Swords, Narrow Leaf Java Ferns, Java Moss, Hygro & More Atl300zx Archive 5 07-29-2008 04:07 PM
FS: Amazon Swords, Philippine Java Ferns, Narrow Leaf Java Ferns Atl300zx Archive 10 06-19-2008 04:24 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:40 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.