08-24-2010, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Ponyo
I need advice about adding Java Fern to my aquarium. I have read that a lot of people tie the plants to driftwood, but I won't do this because I do not want to lower PH. Mine is 6.6 in the aquarium and 6.8 out of the tap. I have one Bumble Bee Platy who has survived the cycle, so far, and I'd really like to keep her alive. I have soft water, so I have added some coral to gradually harden it. Unfortunately, I've been unable to find any coral skeletons that are large enough to tie plants to and I doubt roots will attach to such a sharp surface anyway. So, I wonder if anyone here can suggest some types of smaller rocks or anything I can tie plants to. I've also noticed many plants at the stores have brown leaves or holes in them. Should I go ahead and accept these and prune them or hold out until I see a perfect specimen? It's so frustrating when you are a beginner and the pet store worker won't give honest answers.
Any rock will do; a smallish piece of limestone in this case would be fine. As for the plants, I rarely buy "perfect" plants, quite the opposite. Only last Sat I bought an Echinodorus that I have been looking for for ages, and the only plant they had was missing all its leaves (cut off by them I assume) but two; it will be fine when it is settled.
On raising pH, try some crushed coral (if you can't find dolomite which is better). It doesn't take much; a bit in one of those mesh bags you can buy for filter media, haning in the filter or next to the outflow, will do fine.
Last edited by Byron; 08-25-2010 at 01:54 AM..