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ladayen 05-03-2012 04:15 PM

Weighting anubias and java fern
Is there a better way to keep these plants down? My wife is getting frustrated at tying down our shipment of plants and I simply do not have the hand eye coordination neccesary.

Tazman 05-03-2012 09:27 PM

Rubber bands or plastic cable ties.

Sanguinefox 05-03-2012 09:47 PM

For my big mat of Java fern I have it butted up slightly against curving drift wood and then a few stones layed on the outside to keep it down. You can also use a very small plastic plant that it will outgrow and hide and do the same thing. Tie it so the root system is slightly up and then you can push the bottom portion of the plastic plant into the substrate.

You can do that with Anubias, though I usually just wedge it somewhere so that the root system has a chance to attach to something over time.

rjordan390 05-04-2012 03:48 AM

I believe most aquarist's use a piece of driftwood or a small rock to attach stem plants. My experience in securing anubias to driftwood indicates that one must use at least a 1-3/4 inch diameter piece of driftwood for the roots to have enough room to attach to it. Anything smaller may result in poor health of the plant. I planted 5 and 3 of them did poorly and had no signs of growth after several weeks because theiy were planted on driftwood about 3/4 inch diameter.
If I were to plant anubias again, I would use nothing smaller then 2 inches in size minumum.

rjordan390 05-04-2012 07:21 AM

I forgot to mention that the materials you use to attach your plants can be as long as you want but at least 2 inches in diameter.

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