As I search through old threads for my answer, I am realizing how much research I should have done before starting my new 10 gallon tank. Old posts about substrate, lighting, ferts, etc., have been really useful.
However, all that aside I have a question about how to plant Java Ferns? An old post by Byron said that they don't need to be bound into the substrate? So how do I "plant" them and keep them anchored? Do they latch on to wood or rocks? I was moving some pieces to my new tank and realized that all of the root system was sitting on top of my substrate...and here I thought it was planted this whole time. (I was, after all, the one who "planted" it!)