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post #1 of 9 Old 11-12-2006, 05:22 AM Thread Starter
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Plants growing into bogwood

I've seen many tanks with plants growing of the bogwood. how do you actually do that, I've heard you tie the plant to the wood, but what next?
I think it looks really nice, so, if it's not too difficult to do, I'll give it a try!
What plants are good to do it with too?
thanks! :D
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-12-2006, 05:53 AM
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Not all plants will root into driftwood, the ones i can think of that will are Java moss, Java Fern and Anubias, there are probably more but im crap with names.

I have just tried it with Java moss as it is an undemanding plant that doesn't require a lot of light or CO2 (and its cheap!), i simply wrapped the moss around the wood i wanted to use and the used some fishing line to secure it to the wood. Placed the wood in the tank and voila it started to grow!! Some of the fishing line has come loose now but the moss seems to have rooted to the wood already so i just cut off the loose wire and let the plant be and it seems to be fine.

The alternative is to buy it ready rooted from a LFS, may cost a little more than buying the plants and wood seperately but some lovely pieces can be found (i picked up a nice bit with some amazon sword type plant yesterday) and this has the advantage of already being established onto the wood so its literally a case of placing it where you want in the aquarium.

hope this helps, dont be daunted by them, i know nothing about plants and mine seems to have worked, give it a whirl!

Mike

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post #3 of 9 Old 11-12-2006, 06:21 AM
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I've seen many tanks with plants growing of the bogwood. how do you actually do that, I've heard you tie the plant to the wood, but what next?
Watch them grow.

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What plants are good to do it with too?
I have a couple of species of anubias.

TR

BTW: I use black or dark brown thread and the thread is virtually invisible in the aquarium. With enough lighting the anubias will attach to the wood in a couple of weeks.
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post #4 of 9 Old 11-12-2006, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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thanks both of you! I'm glad it's that simply, I'll get a little java fern or something similar soon, and give it a go. Thanks for your help!! :D
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post #5 of 9 Old 11-12-2006, 05:02 PM
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use cotton thread to wrap the roots into the gaps of the wood. Cotton will degrade as it is a natural substance, if you use fishing ling it will always remain in the tank.
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post #6 of 9 Old 11-13-2006, 03:22 AM Thread Starter
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When the plant has grown on to the wood, cn you not remove the cotton/fishing line etc?
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post #7 of 9 Old 11-13-2006, 04:43 AM
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When the plant has grown on to the wood, cn you not remove the cotton/fishing line etc?
Thanks. :)
I guess you could but my tank is so deep that I have never tried it as the thread is invisible in the tank (ie. trying to use scissors at 24" depth without disturbing the plant would be hard for me even with my long arms).

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post #8 of 9 Old 11-13-2006, 01:54 PM
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well thats the great thing about cotton, it is a natural fibre so it will degrade in the water- no need to remove it!
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-13-2006, 08:05 PM
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A lot of crtyptocoryne species can be grown in driftwood/bogwood. You can either tie them to it or you can push the roots into a crevice.
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