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post #71 of 222 Old 02-06-2013, 10:21 PM
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congratulations!

I highly recommend planting a driftwood with the Java fern :)
ie. just tie them down
My first java fern eer actually came on a hitch hiking java fern leaf. needless to say, it gave me quite a few little plants ^____^
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post #72 of 222 Old 02-07-2013, 03:45 AM
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Jeff your tank looks stunning.. Very informative posting too, I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this thread

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post #73 of 222 Old 02-08-2013, 08:05 PM
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Well, it appears that java fern propagates differently than most other aquatic plants, at least the ones I am getting familiar with. A week or so ago I noticed some odd growths on the leafs and I thought that it was just some build up and piggy backing little plant but it turns out that the piggy backer is actually a baby java fern.

Now I have a ton of baby java ferns starting. Quite a few leaves had separated from the rhizome so I thought they would just die off, I figured I was somehow killing the plants but I left them floating about or just jammed them into the corner driftwood hunk seeing as they were still green and firm. I am glad now that I didn't just toss them as they've ended up sprouting.

Apparently the little plants will eventually separate and find somewhere to attach to, wood, substrate or rocks even. Seeing as they don't float, but rather stay near the bottom, I think I might just let the little buggers land where they may, within reason. Either that or I will thoroughly plant the driftwood piece and watch it grow green.

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When I had my Java Fern I simply trimmed the ends off and attached the "daughter plants" to driftwood or into gravel. I'm not sure how well they do in sand but they continued to propagate in gravel and on driftwood. The Java Fern is bitter to fish (or atleast i've heard) and they will typically leave it alone. Also, the JF will constantly produce daughter plants when the condition is right and eventually the Parent leaf will decay and the daughter will float around until she attaches to something. It is also very easy to keep the JF. Mine got so out of hand that I had nowhere to keep other plants or fish just a tank full of Java Ferns (I started out with a 10G). This worked out ok because there was a new fish store near me that was a little low on inventory... I scored some store credit by giving them 8 Daughters

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post #74 of 222 Old 02-19-2013, 06:38 AM Thread Starter
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Just a current shot of the plants... a little grainy as it was with an ipod. I'm still in Florida so my daughter sent me this shot a few days ago. Everything is remaining stable for her so that is a relief. Even since this shot the taller dwarf hygrophila are mostly back to the surface again.

We'll need to do some gardening upon my return.

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The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

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post #75 of 222 Old 02-20-2013, 10:28 PM
I wouldn't mind heading down to Florida for a week or so... It was a little cool today here in Illinois (8 fharenheit). But , I would assume it's still not as bad as where your from though?

The tanks looking great by the way.

Also, how did you attach the link to this thread below your name?
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post #76 of 222 Old 02-21-2013, 06:44 AM Thread Starter
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Actually, our highs back home are above freezing, the nights are below zero, wide swings. I lucked out with the trip but I went alone, no kids or wife... really feels odd. Never been a separate vacation family, probably won't do it again.

I just put the link in my signature.

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post #77 of 222 Old 02-25-2013, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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I've been away for a couple of weeks so our tank has been on autopilot. We did a 50% water change and a fertilization before I left and will be doing another probably tonight. Nitrates are still below 5ppm so there isn't any big rush but there is some gardening to be done. It could be a matter of just sticking stuff back in the sand and trimming the stems on the hygrophila but I added a new unknown plant to test run that needs proper sticking in the sand.

The duckweed has taken over as it has at least quadrupled. It covers almost the entire surface and in some places is 1/2" or more thick. I look forward to the dwarf water lettuce that the LFS is ordering, it' will (may) be tamer than the duckweed and serve the same purposes. The second shot is the underside of someone's DWL tank. DWL at least provides some roots into the water and is probably easier to manage.

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post #78 of 222 Old 02-25-2013, 10:33 AM
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Tank is looking great and it looks like you are getting good growth with the led lighting. Will be filtering along as things progress.
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post #79 of 222 Old 02-28-2013, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Progress and new plant

Here is a general progress shot... not that much looks like it has changed, I did a little re-arranging and added a new plant, second shot. Swords are off the back now, new hygros are across the back, they do better as a total backdrop.

Bacopa Caroliniana tucked in beside the rock... about 5 stems.

I can't resist a new plant.

I put four cherry shrimp in there but after seeing three of them yesterday, no sign today. Probably just hiding but I won't add anymore until I see proof of life. It was cool to see one of them watching the betta and keeping tucked out of his sight... I think that my daughter shot a sequence of this so I might see if I can get the shots and post them.

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post #80 of 222 Old 02-28-2013, 04:34 PM
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Really looking nice.

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